If you ever find yourself wanting to start a record business, you should make sure you have some investors. People willing to put money into your venture. But also, make sure if you are going to do this in a fraudulent fashion, that the amount you try to steal is an amount of money anyone on the planet Earth has - I'm looking at you, Charles Ray Fuller.
A man has been accused of attempting to pass a $360 billion check, which he claims was given to him by his girlfriend’s mother to start a record business, Fort Worth police said.
Charles Ray Fuller, 21, of Crowley, was arrested on April 22 on an accusation of forgery, police said.
Police responded to a report of a man attempting to pass the check about 4 p.m. that day at the Chase bank in the 8600 block of South Hulen Street, Fort Worth police Lt. Paul Henderson said.
The personal check was not made out to Mr. Fuller and when the bank contacted the check owner, the woman said she did not write a check for $360 billion.
Mr. Fuller was also accused of unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana, Lt. Henderson said. He may also face a theft charge in Crowley.
Lt. Henderson said he did not know if Mr. Fuller and his girlfriend were still together.
Now I guess the lesson here is probably that if you're going to write a fake check, make sure you know how to write a check - at least part of me hopes he wasn't seriously trying to get 360 billion - or at least that he was very, very high when he wrote it. Or, at least make sure you can tell if a personal check is made out to you - this is usually a pretty large obstacle in getting a check cashed, especially if it is for several billions of dollars... Or, if you are going to try and cash a check for 360 billion dollars that isn't made out to you, at least don't do it while carrying an illegal weapon and drugs. Live and learn, as they say. I guess at the very least this run-in with the law will lend some serious street cred to his record business.
UPDATE: MSNBC has an article with some awesome quotes:
I wouldn't picture him doing something that stupid, I mean, hurting me and my family," Greer said.
Greer and her family said they don't know what Fuller was thinking.
"I didn't think he'd do this, something this dumb. I think it shocked everybody that knew him," Greer said.
Her grandmother Sharon Laird agreed.
"I said, 'Do what? Is he crazy? We were just in awe," she said.
Laird said if her family had $360 billion, "I wouldn't be sitting here. I'd be somewhere drinking margaritas. It's five o'clock somewhere, sometime."