Judge Rules $1M Bills Distributed By Texas Ministry Are Legal And That Secret Service Violated The Fourth AmendmentSubmitted by AnAppealToHeavenWash on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 13:28
April 05, 2010
Judge rules $1M bills distributed by Texas ministry are legal
"The million-dollar question: Will you go to heaven?" is printed on the back of bills used as gospel tracts by a Dallas-area evangelical group.
The counterfeit money was seized by Secret Service Agents back in 2006 when a North Carolina man tried to deposit the $1 million bill in his bank account.
Last week, a Texas federal district court ruled that the fake money, printed by the Great News Network, is fake enough that it doesn't pose a risk of fraud, so it's not illegal.
Note: The U.S. doesn't make a $1 million bill, or any bill over $1,000 for that matter. The slip--which bears the face of President Grover Cleveland--also says: "This is Not Legal Tender" and "Department of Eternal Affairs."
The court also ruled that the Secret Service violated the Fourth Amendment when it took more than 8,000 of the bills from the organization's offices without warrant, an unconstitutional search and seizure.
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