(see also COUNTERFEIT)
Several years ago, in Long Beach, California, a fellow went into a fried chicken place
and bought a couple of chicken dinners for himself and his date late one afternoon. The
young woman at the counter inadvertently gave him the proceeds from the day-a whole bag of
money (much of it cash) instead of fried chicken. After driving to their picnic site, the
two of them sat down to open the meal and enjoy some chicken together. They discovered a
whole lot more than chicken--over $800! But he was unusual. He quickly put the money back
in the bag. They got back into the car and drove all the way back. Mr. Clean got out,
walked in, and became an instant hero. By then the manager was frantic. The guy with the
bag of money looked the manager in the eye and said, "I want you to know I came by to
get a couple of chicken dinners and wound up with all this money. Here." Well, the
manager was thrilled to death. He said, "Oh, great, let me call the newspaper. I'm
gonna have your picture put in the local newspaper. You're the most honest man I've heard
of." To which they guy quickly responded, "Oh no, no, don't do that!" Then
he leaned closer and whispered, "You see, the woman I'm with is not my wife...she's
uh, somebody else's wife."
Charles Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, p.
An estimated 10,000 physicians have phony foreign medical degrees that brought one
broker of fraudulent diplomas $1.5 million over three years, a congressional panel was
told. Claude Pepper, Democrat-Florida, said many American citizens may be receiving
medical treatment from doctors who lied on their medical school loan applications, and
used the money not to go to school but to pay a broker for fake documents claiming they
completed school and training. Pedro DeMesones, who served a three-year prison sentence
for mail fraud and conspiracy, told the panel that in three years of
"expediting" medical degrees, he provided about 100 clients with false
transcripts showing they had fulfilled medical requirements of schools they didn't attend.
"Clients paid me from $5225 to $27,000 for my services, " DeMesones said.
"In all I earned about $1.5 million in those three years. I only got to keep about
$500,000 of this total. The rest went for bribes and expenses."
Spokesman Review, December 8, 1984.