The Secret Service is investigating counterfeit money that made its way onto the streets of Los Angeles during the filming of director William Friedkin's movie "To Live and Die in L.A." The film is about a counterfeiting ring, so the production company used counterfeit bills.
After $500 of the loot turned up on the streets, government officials began a probe. Secret Service spokesman Robert Snow said, "We're aware of the movie. We're talking to a lot of people. The allegation is that someone took some of the money off the set and it got into circulation. We know of no other case in which a movie company used counterfeit money in the making of a film. That's also part of our investigation, the company's use of stage money, which looks quite real."
Friedkin's spokesman said, "The money was marked, 'This is not legal tender.' Apparently, one of the crew members took about $500 home from the set as a souvenir. He put it in a drawer. One of his kids found it and spread it around on the streets. The whole thing looks as if they're on a fishing expedition. But we were told the inquiry is over and no charges would be filed against anybody." According to Snow, the probe continues.