Michael Anthony Fuller, a Lexington-area man, was arrested for trying to use a fake $1 million bill to pay for purchases at a Wal-Mart.
Fuller, 53, tried to use the fake bill on Nov. 17 to purchase a vacuum cleaner and a microwave oven – a total value of $476 – at the Wal-Mart store. He presented the bill to a cashier, claiming it was real, but was arrested after a store employee called local police authorities.
Fuller has been charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and uttering a forged instrument.
Unfortunately for the unknowing Fuller, there is no such thing as a $1 million bill. The largest bill ever in circulation in the United States was a $100,000 bill, but those large bills were discontinued on Jan. 9, 1935. Further they were largely used between banks and were never readily available to the general public.
The largest bill currently in circulation is a $100 bill, but up until 1969 there were $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 bills out in public.