Richmond, IN asked in Criminal Law for Indiana

Q: If a person had a fake 20 dollar bill but didn't know it was fake and bought something what is that crime?

There was only one 20 dollar bill it was change from another business. The casher put the 20 in the register gave the change then pulled money back out of the register and said it was fake

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Kurt Schnepper
Kurt Schnepper
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Evansville, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Without criminal intent, or knowledge of the bill being counterfeit, there is no Mens Rea and therefore no crime committed. Now if it can be proven you had a wallet full of these bills and the recent purchase of a printer capable of producing fake bills, or other circumstantial evidence relevant to knowledge the answer is different.

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