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Dana Leland tried to buy socks from Target using fake $100 bills depicting Lincoln

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Dana Leland, of Rhode Island, used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin.

As any schoolchild, or really anyone who has ever handled money in their life, knows, Honest Abe’s visage graces the $5 bill.

According to police, the Central Falls man used the fake banknotes on three consecutive days to buy items such as socks worth less than $25 at a Target store in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Police caught up with Dana Leland on Wednesday in Rhode Island after an officer in his hometown recognized him from a surveillance photo released by law enforcement agencies, according to The Sun Chronicle.

Dana Leland, 29, was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty in Attleboro District Court to three charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.

He reportedly has a record of similar crimes in Rhode Island. His attorney, Lynn Porecca, said her client has struggled with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental health issues, and had a relapse.


Dana Leland used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin

Dana Leland used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin

Dana Leland is due back in court December 11.

Amazingly, this is not the first time that someone has tried to pass off a fake $100 bill with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it as the real thing.

In February 2008, a man was arrested in Mesa, Arizona, for doing just that while trying to buy a watch with two phony $100 note, KPHO-TV reported at the time.

The store owner tried to let the uninformed crook, 37-year-old Scott Martin, down easy, telling him that Lincoln is not on the $100 note, but the man became enraged, forcing the owner to Taser him.

While being treated by first responders, Scott Martin admitted that he had swallowed a bag of meth before going shopping.

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