How to make Counterfeit MoneyEarning counterfeit money
Printing 190 million pounds of counterfeit money and (mostly) getting away with it.
Franc Bourassa is drinking Goldschlager because he doesn't like the flavour of liquor. Apart from that, the shimmering golden-yellow liquor seems an obvious option for a man whose search for wealth led him to imprint 190 million pounds in counterfeit U.S. dollars. Bourassa's sweet flavour becomes even more sweet because he is a free man despite his exceptional caprice.
In his home town Trois-Rivières, Qeubec, we met the self-proclaimed world's best forger in a place after him. This Bourassa puts down to the fact that the (rather prominent) reporting on his heroic deeds was mainly in the USA and in English. "I thought well about why not shorten all stages and earn money directly, it will resolve the issue.
" Bourassa: "I don't do much in moderation. What do you think? For years, Bourassa investigated his plans, carefully studied the safety precautions of US law, and contacted several hundred sources of papers to find the flawless screen for his crimes. "It was my job to find a prescription, ingredient, component, and location.
So I had to find a vendor who would make my prescription without it looking like it was a money order. "Bourassa found, after month-long e-mails, a store in Europe ready to reprint his order, although he claims that they had no idea of his ultimate purpose.
"Until then I had not talked loudly to anyone, because a speech recorder is powerful proof against you in court," says Bourassa. "and from the minute they took the piece of mail and sent it, I had no idea if they had phoned the FBI or not.
" The collection of the delivery of papers in the port of Montreal was an torture that took three day monitoring, multiple complicit and a switch of vehicle to further blur their clues. "He says, you have to move [the paper] to another palette because it could be bugged," and enumerates the darkening slices.
" Why he was printing 190 million pounds is simple because that was the minimum amount of hard copy material the business was willing to make to warrant the use of a new formula. "I wouldn't handle another forged $20 with a 100-foot stake. For a few month Bourassa lived the high standard of daily routine and cultivated a strict external style of behaviour to keep him from attracting too much interest.
" Ideally, Bourassa would get the smallest number of clients who bought the biggest amounts of money that Bourassa sold for 23 pounds per 76 pounds package. "With the help of a man whom he called " the best solicitor in the world," and a lucky chance, Bourassa was finally able to weaken the counts and protect himself from the order of surrender.
Only one precaution mattered: When he had supplied a consignment of counterfeit notes under policing, he had withdrawn into a roofed area and as such was never really seen dealing with the price of the head. Bourassa's attorney claimed that this mistake invalidated the original raid order, and Bourassa further pressed the bargain by proposing to give up 150 million pounds of undetected art money.
Borassa says that he felt as if he had won: he got away with his own lives, his own liberty and, possibly, some of his money. Out of his counterfeit assets, about 40 million pounds were never reclaimed. Asked whether his crimes might justify a more severe penalty, Bourassa seems at a loss. "He says he thinks his crimes were relatively sacrificial because he sent his money mainly to Asia, Africa and Europe customers abroad to not screw over Americans.
"So, I didn't want to find a net of customers who would be spending it in the US, because the way counterfeit money works is that anyone who gets busted will lose it. "There is hardly any way to trace the money he was selling, so Bourassa cannot tell whether it was used for other crime, although "I don't think it ended up in the church".
Borassa says another stakeout would be a complete flop. "He says I wouldn't handle another £15 counterfeit with a 100-foot pole."