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Forger too bad at forgery to be guilty of forgery
Thursday, June 11, 2009

An Argentine man who tried to use two counterfeit bills has been found innocent - because he was so bad at forgery.

A federal court in Buenos Aires says the forged bills presented by Marcos Ribles were 'so clumsy and crude' that 'they could not be accepted by most people.'

The court says the 65-year-old man tried to pass a false 100-peso note, nominally worth about £16, as well as a false U.S. $50 bill.

Judges say the counterfeit bills had such shoddy printing and poor-quality paper that nobody could be fooled.

The court announced its ruling dismissing the charges on Wednesday.

An artist's impression of what the forged bill may have looked like

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