“Movie money” is used in motion picture productions to replicate real money and therefore is made to closely appear like the real thing – minus a few major details.
One of the keys to spotting “movie money” is by taking the time to actually examine the lettering of the bills. Most movie money contains the phrase “MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” at the top of the note, where “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” should be written.
Other deviations include a simplified photo of Independence Hall on the back, as well as the removal of “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
Law enforcement officials are urging any resident who may have come in contact with the fake money to contact their local police department immediately, however, finding the source of the fake money may present a problem for officials, as the bills are widely distributed and a countless number are sold online each day.
Presently, $50,000 worth of prop money is selling on Ebay for only $34.99.
It is both against both federal and state laws to knowingly pass counterfeit money. A conviction for the offense carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine. A person suspected of passing fake money may be charged with one or more crimes, including forgery, fraud, or other theft-related offenses.
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