Auction of Hofmann Forgeries to Aid Sick Cop

Auction of Hofmann Forgeries to Aid Sick Cop

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- It could be the most valuable fake money ever forged.

Two bills, forged by the infamous Utah grifter Mark Hofmann, will be auctioned off at a charity benefit for a sick law enforcement officer.

Hofmann, who blew up a series of pipe bombs to cover the trail of his many forgeries, is doing life in prison for his crimes.

Jade Pusey is law enforcement director for the Utah Attorney Generals' Office. He has a rare type of cancer -- and his insurance won't pay for the treatment.

So his friends are working to raise the funds to pay for his medical care.

All kinds of goods will be auctioned off at a benefit at the Capitol tomorrow.

Some are expecting that two bills, known as "white notes" and forged by Hofmann, will generate the most interest.

The real bills were early Mormon money, first printed in 1849. Hofmann used his forgeries in 1985 -- as collateral for a loan. Ken Woolley was the victim of that swindle, but now he's using those fake notes to benefit a good cause.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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