World’s Best Currency Counterfeiter Tells U.S. Govt. ‘Screw You’

Frank Bourassa, you may think you’ve just walked away from jail a free man, but I wouldn’t bet on sound sleep from now on – the U.S. Secret Service doesn’t really like being made to seem this foolish. In the meantime, however, ABC News reports on the teflon counterfeiter’s escapades:

A man who claims he is the best counterfeiter in the world, Frank Bourassa, has been allowed to go free after turning over a huge quantity of fake U.S. $20 bills that authorities say are “not detectable by the naked eye.”


Bourassa, a resident of Trois Rivieres outside Montreal, Canada, spent only a month and a half in jail and Canadian authorities agreed earlier this year that they would not extradite him to the United States for prosecution.

He walked out of court on March 28 after paying a $1,500 fine in Canadian dollars.

“I’m safe, absolutely,” Bourassa told ABC News in an interviewed to be broadcast tonight on “20/20”.

“They can’t do nothing about that,” he said after freely admitting how he set up a secret printing operation capable of producing $250 million in fake U.S. currency.

Bourassa’s fake $20 first showed up in Troy, Michigan in 2010 and U.S. and Canadian authorities spent almost four years tracking the source to Bourassa.

The fake notes have since been found across the U.S., from California to Nevada to Florida to states in the Northeast.

“It was important to get this right away, get this off the street, get this off the market,” said Tasha Adams, an investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“To detect the counterfeit on this one is very difficult,” added RCMP investigator Dan Michaud.

Bourassa said he spent two years studying the details about currency security on the website of the U.S. Secret Service to learn how to produce his fake money…

[continues at ABC News]


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16 Comments on "World’s Best Currency Counterfeiter Tells U.S. Govt. ‘Screw You’"

  1. BuzzCoastin | May 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

    “To detect the counterfeit on this one is very difficult,”

    Proly cause the real money is counterfit too

  2. I just love this. Go Frank!
    But, you know, this guy could end up “suicided.” Hope not, though.

    • kowalityjesus | May 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm |

      I think they keep it slightly more subtle than that. Also probably for people that are greater REAL threats to the present order, not just getting a share of the sap that the “federal” counterfeiters are already hemorrhaging.

      Kirk Sorensen would be a great example of someone worth suiciding… a very vocal proponent of Thorium nuclear reactors. If it ever catches on, there’s your revolution. First, it would put the entire coal industry into the ditch, as well as Uranium nuclear, wind, solar and hydro. China is already developing them, so I don’t get why they are trying to suppress them in the US. Who wants to pay patent royalties AND loan interest to China? Stupid.

    • warmbloodid | May 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm |

      i hope the fucker chokes on his own blood , for this crime against our nation.

  3. emperorreagan | May 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm |

    “Tryon of the Secret Service said that the American public should “rest assured that only one hundredth of one percent of currency that is in circulation is even perceived to be counterfeit.”

    “That number is so small because we do a great job in investigating these cases, as [do] our law enforcement partners,” he said.”

    Perceived to be counterfeit? Interesting choice of words.

    That could mean either:
    1. People are overly cautious and the actual amount of counterfeit currency is lower than 0.01%.
    2. The actual amount of counterfeit currency could be higher that people perceive, as people are are fairly trusting of anything that does a good job of approximating US currency.

    • kowalityjesus | May 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm |

      North Korea is believed to make the finest counterfeit US currency in the world. Who knows what the hell goes on there? Look at Pyongyang on google maps. There’s <5 vehicles on the road any given frame. It used to be way less, like literally NONE about 8 years ago.

  4. I would have disagree there Frank, I think the Federal Reserve in combination with their minion the US treasury department are the best at producing fake money.

  5. InfvoCuernos | May 10, 2014 at 4:12 am |

    This guy is small potatoes. If you want to hear about counterfeiters that the US govt. takes seriously, check out how much bad paper Saddam Hussein floated before he got shut down.

  6. BillMillerTime | May 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm |

    How dare he produce counterfeit currency not backed up by gold or silver or anything of real value! Why, he was just printing up worthless slips of paper and then tricking people into believing that they had intrinsic value. It was nothing more that faith-based currency! How can ANYONE possibly think that that could get away with such an obvious scam is just beyond my powers of reasoning.

    • Probably the same type of people whom could create a habitual culture dependent on external convenience, so that gold or silver is perceived with having intrinsic value–

      • BillMillerTime | May 12, 2014 at 8:58 am |

        I’m afraid that I don’t understand you. “…habitual culture dependent on external convenience…” Excuse me?

        “gold or silver is perceived with having intrinsic value”

        Gold and silver have value in and of themselves. Both are used in industry to produce goods that people want, and both are used in jewelry. In other words, there is no law (and no need for such a law) commanding anyone to accept gold or silver in order to settle a debt.

        Greenbacks, on the other hand, are not redeemable in anything, and not backed up by anything except the full faith and credit of the US government, and thus are referred to as “faith-based currency.” Sorta like Monopoly money.

        • Lol, Silver and Gold do not possess intrinsic value; That is a case of projection– Because for any use or meaning to be assigned to them an idea has to give them this role; that is ideas have intrinsic value, but not the materials they provide roles for– And while ideas may become outdated or out of favor, the intrinsic value they provided doesn’t really change; however the value of materials you stated, are based on demand in which people have ideas of use for these materials.. and scarcity… A highly valuable idea that could come along is the creation of these precious metals from more available resources, eliminating scarcity, and thus lowering its “intrinsic” value–

          • Gold has a couple of intrinsic values. It’s a good conductor, and it doesn’t rust.

        • > Both are used in industry to produce goods that people want, and both are used in jewelry.

          Those are subjective values, not intrinsic.

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