Boy George Replaces Queen on Fake Bills

British shop workers fooled by his-head-for-hers forgery
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
Boy George Replaces Queen on Fake Bills
Boy George performs onstage at Le Pigalle Club in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – Boy George made a convincing stand-in for the Queen on a counterfeit note found in Britain this week, the Daily Telegraph reports. The £20 note was passed at a stationary shop and the staff didn't realize it was a fake until a bank worker checked the anti-forgery watermark and found the '80s star's image there instead of the monarch's.

"The cashier held it up to the light and then spotted that Boy George's face was on it instead of the Queen's," a spokesman for the store said. "I couldn't believe it—we've certainly had nothing like it before." (Read more forgery stories.)

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