McGwire sues to stop phony bills

Posted on Jan 08 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Seventy homers is one thing, but $70 bills are quite another for home run king Mark McGwire.

The St. Louis Cardinals slugger filed suit in St. Louis Circuit Court on Thursday, seeking to stop distribution of phony $70 bills that feature his picture.

The bills are meant to recognize his record of 70 home runs in the 1998 season.

The suit also seeks more than $25,000 in damages from the alleged producer, Christopher Morris of Hardy, Ark. Morris did not return phone calls seeking comment.

McGwire sued Morris after he allegedly missed a Christmas deadline to stop distributing the phony bills. McGwire had agreed earlier not to sue Morris in exchange for an “appropriate” donation to the Cardinals’ charitable organization, Cardinals Care.

McGwire’s attorney Michael Kahn said that the bills are an unauthorized commercial exploitation of McGwire’s image and that their distribution “runs afoul of federal regulations and law on counterfeit U.S. currency.”

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