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(News.com.au)   The difference between a $20 check and a $20 million check? About 4 years in jail   (news.com.au) divider line 42
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2014-08-15 12:28:59 PM  
I guess he would be no less screwed for $20,000 so why not go big?
 
2014-08-15 12:56:58 PM  
Ol bootstrap bill strikes again.
 
2014-08-15 12:58:32 PM  
of course my check is good I invented the telephone
 
2014-08-15 12:58:33 PM  
If he would've added three more zeros to the end, he'd have gotten probation and a job offer.
 
2014-08-15 12:58:41 PM  
Was his first name Alexander? Boy, the phone company is really getting desperate these days...
 
2014-08-15 01:00:18 PM  
If I had the balls to do something like that the first thing I would do is leave the farking country where I did it.
 
2014-08-15 01:04:18 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If he would've added three more zeros to the end, he'd have gotten probation and a job offer.


Billy, have you ever spent any time in a French prison?

www.thegoldencloset.com
 
2014-08-15 01:07:00 PM  
He said none of the $20 million was lost but considerable time had been spent by NAB following up the fraud and the bank has since changed its "cheque refund" process.

How about printing "not valid for amounts over $1,500" right on the check?
A lot of businesses that pay small refunds do that.
 
2014-08-15 01:07:01 PM  
They should let belfry.
 
2014-08-15 01:09:12 PM  
www.cross-check.com
 
2014-08-15 01:11:37 PM  

NutWrench: How about printing "not valid for amounts over $1,500" right on the check?
A lot of businesses that pay small refunds do that.


Because he can add six zeros to the check, but not to the "not valid" line?

/not valid for amounts over $1,500,000,000
 
2014-08-15 01:13:54 PM  
-$19,999,980?
 
2014-08-15 01:18:52 PM  
I wonder if Frank Abagnale is impressed...
 
2014-08-15 01:19:45 PM  

groppet: If I had the balls to do something like that the first thing I would do is leave the farking country where I did it.


No kidding. Cleared, initiate the first of several wire transfers, and depart the nation post-haste for your world tour.
 
2014-08-15 01:24:15 PM  
He would have got away with it if he had blown the roof in time.
 
2014-08-15 01:27:25 PM  
Way to ruin it for everybody, jerk...

Now MY bank is going to want to put even longer holds on MY fraudulent refund checks.

It's getting so a guy can't make a dishonest living around here...
 
2014-08-15 01:28:49 PM  
He should've told the court he was working under orders from Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan,  then he wouldn't have been put in jail.
 
2014-08-15 01:30:35 PM  
What was he checking for in the first place? OH! You mean cheque! What's even better is spell-check thinks it's a spelling error. Silly spell-check.

No, I did not mean quench, but thanks anyway.

/ Wait, where is Alannis Morissette when you need her?
 
2014-08-15 01:31:26 PM  

Carousel Beast: groppet: If I had the balls to do something like that the first thing I would do is leave the farking country where I did it.

No kidding. Cleared, initiate the first of several wire transfers, and depart the nation post-haste for your world tour.


Too bad he was Australian. Most developed countries are highly extradition-friendly with them. Russia would be about his only good option. Canada would be risky due to how friendly the two nations are with each other, despite having no formal treaty on extradition.
 
2014-08-15 01:32:37 PM  

Turfshoe: Ol bootstrap bill strikes again.


*falsetto* "who's that knocking at the door, who's that knocking at the door?"
 
2014-08-15 01:34:52 PM  

Carousel Beast: groppet: If I had the balls to do something like that the first thing I would do is leave the farking country where I did it.

No kidding. Cleared, initiate the first of several wire transfers, and depart the nation post-haste for your world tour.


You'd have to get the money out of the account first.

First thing:

Spend it all on Bitcoins. Try cancelling that. :P
 
2014-08-15 01:34:58 PM  
Judge Soulio said Bell was arrested and taken into custody in August 2012 when police seized a suitcase of his, which had "numerous false cheques and false identities" at a bus station.

Something bigger going on here.... they managed to catch him this time.
 
2014-08-15 01:37:02 PM  

NutWrench: He said none of the $20 million was lost but considerable time had been spent by NAB following up the fraud and the bank has since changed its "cheque refund" process.

How about printing "not valid for amounts over $1,500" right on the check?
A lot of businesses that pay small refunds do that.


Because these are the same checks they use for real $20m refunds when Scrooge McDuck closes his accounts at their bank? I agree though, you'd think they could print different checks for the small and huge refunds.
 
2014-08-15 01:37:55 PM  
And a $20,000,000,000 check would get you an apology.
 
2014-08-15 01:41:31 PM  

coldiem: What was he checking for in the first place? OH! You mean cheque! What's even better is spell-check thinks it's a spelling error. Silly spell-check.

No, I did not mean quench, but thanks anyway.

/ Wait, where is Alannis Morissette when you need her?


I thought the Battle of Britain and Angela Landsbury put an end to bBritish grammar Nazis but Lord Darlington remains.
 
2014-08-15 01:42:59 PM  
How many years for knocking over a gas station for $20?
 
2014-08-15 01:46:35 PM  

Carousel Beast: groppet: If I had the balls to do something like that the first thing I would do is leave the farking country where I did it.

No kidding. Cleared, initiate the first of several wire transfers, and depart the nation post-haste for your world tour.


You blathering farktards should form a gang.
 
2014-08-15 01:49:53 PM  
Another good trick is to write 'or anyone else' on the cheque after the 'pay to' person's name.
 
2014-08-15 01:49:55 PM  

EvilEgg: I guess he would be no less screwed for $20,000 so why not go big?


They may not have looked at it twice if it were $20K.
 
2014-08-15 02:01:08 PM  
We caught a trio of scammers last week. They altered a US Treasury check from a couple hundred to nearly $90,000 and deposited it in a bank in a neighboring state. A couple days later they got a cashiers check from the bank for $75,000 and took it to one of our branches with the story that they were managing a concert here at the shore and wanted to get cash to pay their workers.
Our back office did a little bit of leg work and initially got the bank's verification that the check was good. A little bit of digging put us in contact with the issuing branch. One of the other scammers was in the process of closing out the account at that branch. Only then did anyone at the bank really look at the original check.
https://tcva.fms.treas.gov/approot/tcva/TCVA_Welcome.html?TYPE=33554 43 3&REALMOID=06-5096a5fc-c314-1049-ba7c-837b2f000000&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON= 0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=-SM-D0uOkbU8bR7wrsCpn94iAEj7%2fTl9Y6rjsN8e273 kGs8L9Di%2fD7xD1VIUyveg7Jjn&TARGET=-SM-http%3a%2f%2ftcva.fms.treas.gov %2f
U.S. Treasury Check verification site
 
2014-08-15 02:07:49 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: NutWrench: He said none of the $20 million was lost but considerable time had been spent by NAB following up the fraud and the bank has since changed its "cheque refund" process.

How about printing "not valid for amounts over $1,500" right on the check?
A lot of businesses that pay small refunds do that.

Because these are the same checks they use for real $20m refunds when Scrooge McDuck closes his accounts at their bank? I agree though, you'd think they could print different checks for the small and huge refunds.


My credit union prints oversize asterisks after the amount, can't remember how many, on all bank drafts / checks. Sorry Nigel's and Sheila's, cheques. Why? As a guess, to prevent this kind of fraud.
 
2014-08-15 02:34:20 PM  
Should have had the money transferred right after deposit before they caught on.
 
2014-08-15 02:35:10 PM  

Porous Horace: Another good trick is to write 'or anyone else' on the cheque after the 'pay to' person's name.


Or get a fake ID and convince the teller your name is Roadway V. Express.

/someone's done that before, and made Fark
 
2014-08-15 02:53:30 PM  

sendtodave: How many years for knocking over a gas station for $20?


FTA: "Judge Soulio sentenced him to three years and six months jail with a non-parole period of two years. He gave Bell credit for time already spent in custody since his arrest, making him eligible for parole at the end of this month."
 
2014-08-15 04:45:11 PM  
www.datakabinet.sk

"It's good, I tell ya', my grandfather owns a telephone company"
 
2014-08-15 05:33:59 PM  
Works out to about $2750 per day.

But still not that good.

I would like to have someone tell me where I could steal $2 billion or so, then tell me who I gotta pay off to get a deal like Mike Millken got.

He served about one day for every $4 million stolen.
 
2014-08-15 06:31:57 PM  
Reminds me of this guys saga:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/93a47a62-daf0-11e1-8074-00144feab49a.html#a x zz3AVDgGpmg
 
2014-08-15 08:32:14 PM  

Fano: I thought the Battle of Britain and Angela Landsbury put an end to bBritish grammar Nazis but Lord Darlington remains.


Re-open the thread, press CTRL+F,  enter "cheque" and then get back to me. You don't even have to read the article to get my point! FARK Bonus! I must get extra points for that.
 
2014-08-15 11:40:54 PM  

coldiem: Fano: I thought the Battle of Britain and Angela Landsbury put an end to bBritish grammar Nazis but Lord Darlington remains.

Re-open the thread, press CTRL+F,  enter "cheque" and then get back to me. You don't even have to read the article to get my point! FARK Bonus! I must get extra points for that.

Instead of that I went to votes for Smartest and then Funniest, and
www.troll.me
 
2014-08-16 09:20:34 AM  
It's alright. You don't need to hide your embarrassment with sarcasm and a clever joke. I know hot-key shortcuts are confusing but someday you'll figure it out!

/ Besides, if you gave zero farks, why did you go to so much effort to tell me? I mean, text AND a picture? Sounds like at least one fark to me...
 
2014-08-16 02:55:34 PM  
Why does a discrepancy of $19,999,980 get you a 4-year sentence...when some poor shmo got 5
years for taking $4?
 
2014-08-16 08:34:31 PM  

Li'l Robbie: Why does a discrepancy of $19,999,980 get you a 4-year sentence...when some poor shmo got 5
years for taking $4?


Most countries reserve large sentences for major crimes, give light ones for non-violent crimes, and give trivial (if any at all) sentences for things like drugs.

This fraud was done in Australia, not the US.
 
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