An Oklahoma City man was arrested Feb. 17, 2015, after being accused
of printing counterfeit money. But he says it’s all a mistake,
according to a story posted on the ABC TV affiliate WKOCO in
Oklahoma City, OK.
Officials reported finding counterfeit money all over the man's bedroom. “I would never pass out any bills,” said James Eidson.
Eidson says he’s an artist who just happens to like cash.
“People have offered me a lot of money for that table right there,”
But that table, which is covered in counterfeit bills, is what landed him in hot water.
According to an incident report, Oklahoma City police showed up at
his home, saw his printer, a printing tablet and stacks of money.
Thinking he was running an illegal operation, they placed him under
“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “The police came here looking for my
girlfriend and wound up arresting me for my artwork,” said
Police were originally looking for the man’s girlfriend, who
according to another police report, was wanted for stabbing a man in
Eidson says his artwork, which he’s very proud of, wasn’t worth
going to jail over.
“No, no it wasn’t. Nothing is worth that place,” he said. “That
Eidson bonded out and expects to clear his name during a later court
According to federal investigators, it is illegal to manufacture, be
in possession of, or try to “utter” counterfeit money.
It’s a crime punishable up to 15 years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.
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