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Boy suspected of designing the bills on standard desktop computer

KALISPELL - A get-rich-slow scheme has bought a Kalispell teen-ager a bundle of trouble with the Secret Service, which suspects the youth of counterfeiting a fistful of $1 and $5 bills.

Wade Rademacher, school resource officer with the Kalispell Police Department, cracked the case of the brummagem bills before handing it over to federal officials late this week. According to Rademacher, the 15-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, is suspected of designing the bills on a standard desktop computer.

The first of the small bills showed up Monday, Rademacher said, and since then a stash totaling $54 has been uncovered. It is unclear why the youth did not attempt to print bills with more zeros.

Rademacher believes the teen was printing the money as a novelty, and not as spending money for a spree at the local Dollar Store. The suspect, he said, had been handing out the bills to friends, who had asked him to make more. The quality, Kalispell police said, was quite good, but not perfect, as some of the bills appeared slightly undersized.

The Secret Service, Rademacher said, becomes interested in any counterfeiting cases involving more than three bills, despite the amount of the phony money. That federal law enforcement agency now has the case, he said, although no arrests have yet been made.

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