Authorities in Florida say a man executed an ill-advised counterfeit scheme using a local library as his criminal headquarters.
According to Fox News, cops believe 29-year-old Levy Newberry used a template he found on Pinterest to create the phony cash.
From there, he allegedly went to a local library with store-bought resume paper to start printing illegal tender.
He got the paper from Walmart and set out to print all the denominations between 5- and 50-dollar bills, according to police reports.
According to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Detective Spencer Hubbell, the effort was doomed from the start.
“He found the template on Pinterest to print the bills and decided to give it a whirl himself,” the detective said. “It wasn’t very good.”
Hubbell said the suspect used “plain paper quality” and did not seem to have “a specific reason for printing” the equivalent of at least $700 in funny money.
“He just said he wanted to see what they would turn out like,” Hubbell said.
But the suspect allegedly took it much further, attempting to sell his creations on social media for half their face value in real currency.
Reports indicate he told authorities someone had offered to pay $250 for counterfeit cash showing $500 in combined value.
It was reportedly Newberry’s landlord who informed police when the tenant attempted to pass off the paper as real money.
He is expected to face charges related to forgery.
[Featured image: Levy Newberry Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]