Man Accused of Trying to Buy Microwave with $1 Million Banknote at Walmart

Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

A Lexington man is accused trying to use a fake $1 million bill to pay for his purchases at a Walmart. Photo: Shindz/Flickr

Do you have change for a million-dollar bill? Police say a North Carolina man insisted his $1 million banknote was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 53-year-old Michael Fuller walked into the Walmart on Lowes Boulevard in Lexington on Nov. 17. He shopped for a while, picking up a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other merchandise, totaling $476.

When he got to the register, Fuller gave the cashier the $1 million ill, saying that it was real. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legitimate, and Fuller was arrested.

Presumably, he imagined that he would received $999,524 in change from the Wal-Mart cashier, though it would be hard to imagine that any Wal-Mart cashier would have quite that much in the till.

Michael Fuller was later charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument, both felonies, court records show.  Lexington police Sgt. Shannon Sharpe said the case is unusual. “It is kind of strange,” Sharpe said.

The largest bill in circulation is a $100 bill. In 1969, federal officials discontinued the use of $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills because of lack of public use.

The largest note ever printed was the $100,000 bill, which featured President Woodrow Wilson. The bills, which were not available to the public, were printed from Dec. 18, 1934, through Jan. 9, 1935, and were used for transactions between Federal Reserve banks.

Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. He is in jail on a $17,500 bond, and it isn’t clear if he has an attorney. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

How easily, though, might Mr. Fuller have got hold of a $1 million banknote? The story offers no suggestions. Of course, he might have made it himself. But is it possible that he made an investment somewhere online in order to touch perfect financial security, perhaps for the first time in his life?!

We tried to find out. For example, you can definitely find a “Classic  $1 Million Dollar Bill” on eBay, which is costs only US $1.45. You only need to look a little deeper to discover the $1 million “Pirate” bill on eBay – something many of us might need, should we all be cast out to sea after one more great depression.

However, when you drift away from eBay, you will discover the www.millionbill.com website. This site offers “Million Dollar Bills and Billion Dollar Bills as novelty items for promotion, marketing, profit, and fun!”

According to the website, you won’t find the website’s name or phone number on the bills. The website even claims that these million-dollar bills “have the similar size, feel, and look of the real thing!”

Moreover,the www.millionbill.com website s not the only one trying to cover the million-dollar bill market. For here’s www.mymillionbills.com, which even lures you with free samples.

Then there’s another website – www.milliondollarsource.com. Now these guys declare that should you present one of their bills to someone “they usually ask you questions about it.”

Perhaps, then, this was one of the bills that was used, as Mr. Fuller appears to be have been asked some questions.

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