A player at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh has been charged with playing blackjack with counterfeit $5 bills – actually, it was only one counterfeit $5 bill out of the 3 that he tried to gamble with. It is still unclear whether the player was oblivious to the fake bill, or if he is simply the world’s smallest hustler.
Suspect Richard Ferragonio Jr. claims that he probably got the fake bill at a bar that he was drinking at earlier in the South Side. However a trooper found a large stash of cash under the backseat of his police cruiser when Ferragonio exited the car, which contained at last 10 $5 bills that were stamped with the same serial number as the fake $5 bill that was used to gamble a $15 hand of blackjack earlier in the night.
Local police have charged the man from Marshall-Shadeland with distributing counterfeit U.S. currency, with a total of 15 counts of forgery. Casino security officials are being praised for their immediate detection of the bill, and their swift execution of stopping the player from wagering more fake bills.
At this time it is unknown why the suspect did not have counterfeit bills higher than $5 – usually criminals will produce currency in much higher denominations.