An employee of the discount store in Tennessee reported April 5 that the women tried to use the counterfeit fortune to purchase several gift cards.
Blount County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 10:00 a.m. and spoke with one of the suspects who said she “received the one million dollar bill in the mail from a church, but could not provide the church information,” according to an incident report obtained by The Smoking Gun. She also claimed she was using the money to buy care packages for people experiencing homelessness.
The other woman involved in the incident told investigators that she had no idea the woman had the phony bill and was only riding along while she did errands.
The women were ordered not to return to the Dollar General and were released without charges. Deputies took the bill as evidence.
The largest bill ever printed for public circulation in the U.S. was a $10,000 note, according to the Federal Reserve. The last $10,000 bill was printed in 1945 – along with other since-discontinued denominations of $500, $1,000 and $5,000 – and was issued until 1969.