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chalky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 08:45 PM
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99. And yes, it's legal--
check out post no. 19 from the other thread:

"Question: Is it illegal to deface money?

"Answer: There is no law or statute against simply writing on a cash bill. For instance, it is not against the law to draw giant red lips on George Washington's portrait on the front of a One Dollar Bill.

"However defacing currency with the intent to alter the bill to gain a benefit is illegal. If someone alters a written instrument (such as a check) without permission and with the intent to gain a benefit, then it is called forgery, which is a crime. If one tried to alter a cash bill (like changing a $5 bill to a $20 bill) for the purpose of presenting the altered bill to gain a benefit, then that could be considered a forgery. Forgery of United States Currency in this manner is called counterfeiting and carries with it very stiff penalties."

http://www.lawforkids.org/speakup/view_question.cfm?id= ...
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