Fake $200 featuring Bush is back
Pennsylvania woman faces charges after cashier accepted bill with the president's picture on it.
September 2, 2004: 12:15 PM EDT
(CNN/Money) - It's no secret that people are passionate about the 2004 presidential election, but one Pennsylvania woman may have pushed her political feelings for George Bush a little too far.
Pennsylvania State Police say they plan to file criminal charges against Deborah Trautwine, 51, after she passed a fake $200 bill with the president's picture on it, according to a report in the Tribune-Review of Westmoreland County, Pa.
Although there is no $200 bill in circulation, never mind one with George Bush's picture on it, the cashier at the Fashion Bug in Hempfield Township, Pa., accepted the bill for some clothes and handed the woman about $100 in change, the paper reported.
"The cashier apparently believed it was a true piece of currency," State Trooper Jeanne Martin told the Tribune-Review. She added that the bill most likely began circulating as a gag gift.
Pennsylvania state police weren't immediately available to comment.
This wasn't the first time the fake $200 bill has been accepted by a cashier. Last September a man passed a similar bill at a Food Lion store in North Carolina to pay for $150 worth of food and was given $50 in change, according to a report from The Smoking Gun.
The fake bill also has other distinguishing features, such as being "signed" by former President Ronald Reagan, whose title on the bill is "Political Mentor." Bush's father's name also appears on the bill as "Campaign Advisor and Mentor."
In addition, the serial number DUBYA4U2001 adorns the front of the fake bill.
A manager for the Fashion Bug store, which is owned by Charming Shoppes (CHRS: Research, Estimates), didn't comment to the Tribune-Review.