Incidents of counterfeit money being used for sneaker purchases are unfortunately nothing new, but this is one of the most ill-conceived attempts yet.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Kansas, three Wichita men have been indicted on charges of counterfeiting and passing counterfeit currency. Police say Douglas Blocker, Traevon McGairty, and Cornelius Wilson were behind two sneaker purchases in which $1,000 of fake money changed hands.
The report says the men used a photocopy machine to duplicate $20 bills before arranging meet-ups with sneaker sellers. In the first sale, Blocker allegedly paid someone $480 in fake bills for four pairs of Jordan Brand sneakers. The second time, all three defendants passed off $520 of the photocopied cash in exchange for three pairs of unnamed sneakers.
Now, the men face up to 20 years in federal prison with fines as much as $250,000 on each of the two counts.