Come Chat with America's Greatest Convicted Counterfeiter

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This week, the Secret Service busted the counterfeit ring behind some $77 million in fake bills. Makes you think. How on Earth could anyone print that much paper? And how did they make the money so convincing? Arthur Williams, Jr. has a pretty good idea.

Williams is a master counterfeiter who was recently released from prison, where he served over six years behind bars for printing fake money of his own. You may have heard his name before. The Chicago native the guy who figured out how to crack the then-high tech Series 1996 $100, and the story of how he did it is one of legend. Now that he's free, Williams no longer prints money. He's now directing those talents towards his new clothing line, Julius DaVinci, and his artwork.

You know you have questions. And since Williams is joining us today for Kinja Q&A at 3pm EDT, you can get some answers. Ask him anything you want about counterfeiting, life behind bars, and—on a brighter note—what it's like getting out and discovering that the world is now ruled by zombies toting pocket computers.

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Matt Novak

Since business owners are on the hook for any counterfeit bills they receive, did you ever feel guilty spending your fake money at small businesses where you could potentially do a lot more damage than at large chain stores where they can absorb financial losses much easier?