Digital imaging changes face of counterfeit bills

The owners of the Amen Gift Shop never planned on making a lot of money selling African artwork to help ministers in impoverished sub-Saharan villages.

But nearly two years ago, a counterfeiter shattered their trust in the community and their confidence in running a business when he laundered $3,900 in fake money through the store's Western Union terminal. Fearful of being victimized again, the owners closed the little shop. "When you got so much air taken out of the tire, you don't roll forward — smoothly, at least," says Nwaka Chris Egbulem, a longtime Catholic missionary and leader of the Amen Foundation, a non-profit group that ran the shop.

Source: USA Today


Posted: Thu - August 18, 2005 at 06:30 PM