A female, age 20 years, was caught in Germany after she walked into a car dealership and tried to buy a car worth €15,000. Why was she arrested? She used fake banknotes that had been printed using a cheap inkjet printer on plain old printing paper.
The unnamed woman was caught at a car dealership located in the German city of Kaiserslautern on Monday. She wanted to purchase a used 2013 Audi A3. Everything went smoothly; our culprit carried out the inspection of the car and even took it out for a test run. However, when it came to paying up, she offered a waddle of €50 and €100 bills that resembled the Monopoly money as opposed to the actual currency.
One employee has told the German media that he actually asked the woman if she wanted to play Monopoly or purchase a car. However, once he realized that he was serious; he called the cops. The employee said, ‘We have experienced plenty of scam attempts before, but so far no one has been this brash. I just asked her incredulously if she wanted to play Monopoly.’
Upon searching the home of the 20-year-old, that was located in the nearby city of Pirmasens; police found a regular inkjet printer that had been lauded using uncut fake bills that were printed on conventional sheets of paper. Apart from that, the police also found €13,000 worth fake euros. Reportedly, the bills had been made so poorly that no one would have been fooled by them.
As per Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA), money counterfeiting can land you at least one year in prison. The law says, ‘If the perpetrator acts professionally or as a member of a gang involved in a counterfeiting operation, then the imprisonment period is not less than two years.’ An attempt to introduce fake currency in the German market is punishable by imprisonment that can last up to five years or a fine.