Idiot Award

This image taken from video provided Thursday, May 1, 2008 by KXAS-TV in Fort Worth, Texas, shows part of a check written out for $360 billion. Charles Ray Fuller, who said his girlfriend's mother gave him the check, was arrested last week when he tried to cash it at a Fort Worth bank. Fuller said he wanted to start a record business. (AP Photo/KXAS-TV)

Charles Ray Fuller must have been planning one big record company. The 21-year-old North Texas man was arrested last week for trying to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious — perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off.

Fuller, of suburban Crowley, was arrested on a forgery charge. He was released after posting $3,750 bail.

Fuller said his girlfriend’s mother gave him the check to start a record business. But bank employees who contacted the account’s owner said the woman told them she did not give him permission to take or cash the check.

In addition to the forgery count, Fuller was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possessing marijuana. Officers reported finding less than two ounces of marijuana and a .25-caliber handgun and magazine in his pockets.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080502/ap_on_fe_st/odd_check_for_billions

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