A man was mistakenly arrested and charged after police thought he had used a fake fifty-dollar bill, but it turned out that the bill was genuine.
Police officers believed Lorenzo Gasper had attempted to spend a fake $50 bill, but it transpired that the bill was legal tender. The $50 bill just happened to be very old. The man, Lorenzo Gasper, ended up being arrested and charged last week.
Gasper was arrested after he tried to spend the bill at a Quick Mart in Shellbyville, Tennessee, according to Times Gazette. The clerk at the store used a marker designed to detect counterfeit bills, but the marker did not register that the bill was genuine.
According to CBS, a police technician told the arresting officer that bills of a certain age don't react to the security markers. The police then decided to ask a couple of banks to cast their expert eyes over the problematic $50 bill. The banks examined the bill and confirmed to the police that it was not a counterfeit.
According to Enterprise News, Gasper was eventually released from jail. The police also issued an apology to Gasper.