The problem was, Kuhl and his partners couldn’t make a deal with anyone. It wasn’t for lack of trying—a sale brokered by a criminal-minded former cop fell through, and another transaction with a supposed buyer in Majorca fizzled.
Seated at the café across from the cathedral that afternoon, Kuhl handed Falkenthal a note with a price for this new order: 533,000 euros for the $6.5 million in counterfeits. She agreed. Then they decided to make the handoff the next day at his studio. Kuhl also told Falkenthal that to ensure his safety he would have someone nearby during the exchange, just to be sure the handover went smoothly. “I have no choice,” he said, “even though I basically trust you.”
Then there was the problem of the huge amount of wastepaper that piled up around the studio—an unavoidable result of the printing and cutting process, made worse by Kuhl’s perfectionism and suboptimal gear. There was far too much paper to simply shred and recycle or throw away, and to destroy it in an acid bath would have required expensive industrial-scale equipment. He couldn’t burn it, either; a tower of smoke would have drawn the fire department. So Kuhl decided to bag the shreddings and take them to an incineration facility.
Investigators set about unpacking the garbage bags and, using glue sticks, meticulously piecing together the shreddings. Within hours they found a scrap of paper in one of the bags with Kuhl’s name on it, and before long they had an envelope printed with his address.
kenko: They convinced the world to take pieces of paper instead of real money.
And what, exactly, is "real money"? Is there something about, say, electrum that makes it inherently money?
dances_with_sneetches: I'm surprised forgers don't make rookie Honus Wagner cards. ($300,000) Or, maybe they do.
zippy: Am I simply a cynic for thinking that the details on how to perfect notes are false? The UV-cured ink in particular.
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