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Pizza Pie Makes Printer Flip Passions —Cagle

January 2011

Authorities in Turkey arrested three people in the city of Izmir, which is home to the illicit printer, according to the Post. Police raided seven Copenhagen kiosks and found the phony transit passes in six of them. All of the owners of the kiosks were charged with fraud. Two other people, with family ties in Turkey, were arrested for allegedly masterminding the operation.

How were the ersatz tickets discovered? The halo is missing above the 'a' in the word 'pa' on the back of the pass. Presumably, according to the newspaper, the Turkish company had difficulties in printing the Danish words.

PAPA WAS A ROLLIN' COUNTERFEITER: Let this serve as notice to one and all: Mess with Waffle House, and your rear end is bound for jail.

Drifter/druggie Bret Rhind found that out the hard way when his cross-country escapades with girlfriend Debra Roberson—which included a nine-month, 19-state methamphetamine and counterfeiting jag—ended in front of a St. Louis judge, who threatened to toss Rhind in the pokey for a 25-year stint after he pleaded guilty.

Rhind, 42, of Florida, was busted in Bridgeton, MO, following a traffic stop. Police found meth-lab components, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, along with a laptop, two printers, paper and rolls of tape—sure signs of a counterfeiter. Police also found Rhind and Roberson to be in possession of bogus bills.

Rhind, who has drifted since 1999 (except for a four-year prison stretch on a previous counterfeiting conviction) estimates he printed nearly $900,000 worth of funny money. He passed the money to pay for drug materials, drugs, motel bills and, apparently, hotcakes and sausages.

Rhind was told he would have to pay restitution to Waffle House and other verified victims.

That's the least of Rhind's problems. He faces up to 25 years in jail when sentenced Feb. 25. Roberson pleaded guilty in October and is scheduled to be sentenced this month.

See what happens when the quality of print suffers? You become doomed to the life of a gypsy drug dealer. PI —Erik Cagle



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