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The Life of One of the Most Famous Counterfeiters

Last week, the son of one of history's most notorious counterfeit artists pleaded guilty to making fake $100 bills. Nineteen-year-old Arthur Williams III pleaded guilty to the same crime that got his dad. Throughout his career as a counterfeiter, Art Williams Jr. faked an estimated $10 million. Williams gained fame as the subject of a 2005 Rolling Stone story. And, though he goes down in the books as one of history's most legendary counterfeiters there's a lot more to his story. 

Jason Kersten is the author of The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter. The book peeks inside Williams' world detailing his childhood on the South side of Chicago as well as the specialized tricks he used to fabricate millions.

Last year, Alison Cuddy talked with Kersten who read part of the book that reveals how he met Williams. When we spoke with Kersten we also caught up with Art Williams' sister, Wednesday Williams.

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