Monday, January 2, 2012

Michael Anthony "Mee-Mee" Fuller, the Million Dollar Man

Lexington North Carolina police incident report 2011-08204 tells the story of an early morning shopper, Michael Anthony Fuller (a/k/a Mee-Mee Fuller), a disabled 53 year old from Lexington. He went to the Wal Mart at 160 Lowes Boulevard to go shopping.

On November 17, 2011, Angela Hall of Walmart...reported a uttering forged instrument and attempted obtaining property by false pretense....The incident occurred on November 17, 2011 between 5:30 a.m. and 5:55 a.m. when Michael Anthony Fuller, black male, age 53, attempted to purchase $475.78 worth of various merchandise using a counterfeit bill.

As an employee of Wal Mart, Hall had presumably received training regarding the use of counterfeit bills and how to spot them. In this case, however, advanced training probably wasn't necessary.

Fuller attempted to pass a $1,000,000.00 bill claiming it was real currency.

This, to put it mildly, was a mistake. As John Hinton of the Winston-Salem Journal subsequently noted,

The largest bill in circulation is a $100 bill. In 1969, federal officials discontinued the use of $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills because of lack of public use.

Of course the large bills weren't used in 1969. Fuller was barely a teenager at that time.

(To see samples of these large bills, as well as a $100,000 gold certificate, visit this page. Note the advice regarding the $10,000 bill - "I wouldn’t spend one of these in a store.")

Unfortunately, it seems that Fuller has continued to get into trouble. I checked the local district court for his upcoming court appearances, and he has three court dates over the next few days.

His January 3 court date concerns his original two charges.

Arraigned Offenses for Case Number: 2011057886 CR
Arraigned Defendant Name: FULLER,MICHAEL,ANTHONY
Court Date: 01/03/2012
Session: AM
Court Room: 00A1

Offense Code Description Statute

But he also has two court dates on January 16 [1] [2]. Both involve felony charges of "malicious conduct by prisoner," and one includes an additional misdemeanor charge of assaulting a government official. (Frankly, I would think that the assault charge would be a felony; presumably it wasn't much of an assault.)

Fuller's January 3 court appearance (item 49) is before the Honorable Carlton Terry, while his January 16 court appearance (items 116 and 117) is before the Honorable W. Erwin Spainhour. The bond for the latter, $15,000, is higher than the $2,500 bond for Fuller's original offense.

Fuller's lawyer, Laura Hedrick, has been practicing law since 1986. He'll definitely need her expertise on these charges.

H/T Tim Walker.
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