WHO@ Newsletter - January 2, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Walmart clerk rejects $1 million bill
The old fake $1 million bill scam failed yet again, this time with a North Carolina man allegedly trying to use one at a Walmart store, police said.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Saturday an arrest warrant alleges Michael Anthony Fuller, 53, of Lexington tried to pay for a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items totaling $476 with a $1 million bill back on Nov. 17.

Court records show employees at the Lexington store called police and Fuller was later charged with felony counts of trying to obtain property by false pretenses and uttering a forged instrument, the newspaper said. With his bond set at $17,500, he was still in the Davidson County Jail as of Friday pending a Tuesday court appearance.

"It is kind of strange," Lexington police Sgt. Shannon Sharpe said of the case.

Every once in a while someone tries to pass off a fake $1 million bill. For the record, the largest U.S. bill now in circulation is the $100 bill. The largest denomination ever printed was a $100,000 bill printed back in the mid-1930s and used for transactions between Federal Reserve banks.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)
Police probe Facebook sale of beached sperm whale teeth - 01/02/12
Police are investigating claims that a man tried to sell the bones and teeth of a whale found washed up dead on a beach. The sperm whale was discovered on Old Hunstanton beach in north Norfolk on Christmas Eve and has drawn crowds of visitors. Its lower jaw and teeth were removed within hours of it washing up.

Cumbrian cop warned for harassing colleague on Facebook - 12/31/11
A Cumbrian police officer was disciplined after harassing a colleague by text, email and on Facebook. He received a final written warning after breaking the force’s code of conduct. Details of the officer’s breach emerged as it was revealed that more than 200 complaints against police nationwide for comments or photos posted on Facebook have been investigated in the last four years.

West Newton teen, 17 harassed woman over Internet - 12/31/11
A 17-year-old West Newton girl is accused of creating online accounts to harass the mother of a Yough student who died in a 2010 car crash. State police said on Friday they are prosecuting the teen, whom they did not name, through juvenile court for harassment by communication between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15.

Man accused of impersonating ex online, requesting sex - 12/29/11
A 34-year-old Odessa man was charged with online harassment after reportedly pretending to be his ex-girlfriend and asking for sex. Kevin Wade Johnson, 12055 W. Edith St., remained in custody Thursday on a $15,000 bond.

When Does Speech Go From Legal To Lethal? - 12/29/11
Recently, Judge Roger Titus of Maryland declared unconstitutional a federal law that made it a crime to use the internet "with the intent to harass [or] cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another state." In the wake of that decision, legislatures and courts across the country will need to rethink existing statutes on cyberharassment.

Family Says Racist Cops Aided Harassment - 12/28/11
A black family who moved to suburban Willowbrook claims their new, white neighbors harassed them, shot at them, drenched their driveway in animal blood to "rid the community of the coons," and that police participated in the "daily" threats and harassment. Pinkney and Maxine James sued the Village of Willowbrook, six of its police officers and two other people, in Federal Court.

Penny Arcade Goes All Internet Justice On Ocean Marketing - 12/28/11
Get ready for what's most likely your final dose of 2011 drama, this one's a doozy. A marketing firm by the name of Ocean Marketing for a new controller attachment called "The Avenger" bit off way more than they could chew when they decided to line up for a heavy dose of internet mob justice via some exposure by the Penny Arcade crew. What was originally a minor situation between a customer and the vendor involving shipping delays turned into a mess that left Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade fame claiming he'd burn down everything he had made if he can thought he could catch his rivals in the flames.

Firm gets bitter and sues Twitter flitter - 12/28/11
A BLOGGER is being sued for "stealing" 17,000 Twitter followers he built up while working for a mobile phone firm. In a landmark case, US-based PhoneDog wants £220,000 from Noah Kravitz. The product reviewer ­ facing a demand for the equivalent of £1.60 a month per follower ­ tweeted for the company as @Phonedog-Noah.

Arkansas Teen Found With An Alleged Online Predator - 12/28/11
A Southwest Arkansas teen is back home, after authorities arrested a Georgia man who she allegedly met online. Felipe Nunez-Martinez, 23, has been charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of interference with custody in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Champaign woman arrested for cyberstalking - 12/28/11
Parkland College police arrested a Champaign woman on Tuesday for "cyberstalking" after she sent repeated emails to a male staff member at the college. Silver Damsen, 48, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of East Healey Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to one count of felony cyberstalking.

Florida lawmaker seeks to toughen cyber-stalking law - 12/27/11
Tech-savvy stalkers using social media, texting and email to track or threaten their victims could face stiffer penalties under changes to Florida’s stalking law proposed by a state lawmaker. Republican state Sen. David Simmons wants to include verbal and nonverbal intimidations, including those delivered through electronic communications, as credible threats that prosecutors could use to send a cyber-stalker to prison. Simmons’ bill, SB 950, also would hike prison terms to 30 years for those convicted of stalking a minor.

Writer sorry for online shaming - 12/27/11
PROMINENT writer and radio broadcaster Marieke Hardy has issued an apology to a Melbourne man she incorrectly accused of authoring a hate blog against her. In early November Ms Hardy, a regular panelist on the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, drew media attention for naming Joshua Meggitt as the alleged author behind a long running campaign of online harassment against her.


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