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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Passes Off Old Note for New 5,000-Ruble Bill

Police in Penza arrested a man after he cheated a shop assistant by passing off money worth less than 5 rubles as the new 5,000-ruble note.

The 32-year-old unemployed man was arrested on Wednesday, said a police spokesman in the region, Interfax reported.

The man, who was not identified, used a 5,000-ruble note issued in 1993 to pay for his purchases.

The shop assistant mistook it for the new 5,000-ruble note, worth approximately $188, and surprisingly, given that many shops even in Moscow are reluctant to accept 1,000-ruble notes, accepted the bill and gave the man change.

The mistake was only discovered at the end of the day.

The 1993 note was introduced in the 1990s when inflation hit record levels. It was worth 5 rubles after denomination in 1998 when three zeros were knocked off the ruble. It is not legal currency today.

The new 5,000-ruble note was introduced July 31.

"It is not a widely distributed note," the deputy head of the analytical department of the Association of Russian Banks, Yelena Golovina, said Thursday.

Of the shop assistant, she said: "Maybe it was a mistake or maybe it was sloppiness."

Golovina said she could not remember what the 5,000-ruble note from 10 years ago looked like.

The new note has a picture of a bridge across the Amur River in Khabarovsk.