Fake Money So Unreal Court Overturns Waterloo Man’s Conviction
Back in April of 2016, police say James Scott tried to use fake movie money to buy a cell phone. The phony $100 bill was marked "For Motion Picture Use Only"
The clerk immediately rejected the fake bill, called the cops and Scott was arrested. A jury found him guilty of forgery in 2017.
On appeal, Scott argued there wasn’t sufficient evidence to convict him, and in a ruling handed down Wednesday, the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned Scott's conviction saying "although similar enough to United States currency to pass for it at a distance or without inspection, the bill tendered here did not purport to be legal tender."
According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, the fake money began turning up in Waterloo in 2016 after it became available for purchase online and advertised as being prop money for movies and music videos.
Police say that possessing the phony bills isn’t illegal because they aren’t exact copies of real money, but warned residents and businesses to be on the lookout for the bogus bills.