Today's counterfeiters fire up home printers

Posted: May 12, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.

Marybeth Dellibovi, counterfeit specialist with the U.S. Secret Service, demonstrates comparing a genuine bank note to a counterfeit bank note in the counterfeit specimen vault room at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The Federal Reserve began supplying banks in October with a redesigned $100 note with features aimed at thwarting counterfeiters, including a blue, three-dimensional security ribbon with images of bells and 100s. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Marybeth Dellibovi

Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks. First, the 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor took $5 bills with a specific watermark and soaked them with Purple Power degreaser. Next, she scrubbed off the ink with a toothbrush. After drying the now-blank notes with a hair dryer, she fed them through a Hewlett-Packard Co. 3-in-1 inkjet printer that emblazoned them with scanned images of $50 or $100 bills.

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