One of the greatest counterfeiters of modern history Arthur J. Williams Jr. is now a professional artist and is hosting an exhibition of his work during Miami Art Week at The Setai Hotel on Miami Beach. Williams is best known for being the counterfeiter who successfully replicated the supposedly impossible to replicate 1996 $100 bill in the United States. In the late ’90s, U.S. Secret Service agents doggedly pursued Williams as he printed what some estimate to have been as much as $10 million dollars in fabricated money before he eventually landed in federal prison for almost seven years.
While incarcerated, he mastered his craft by painting and taking art classes to become an artist. He is the subject of the book The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten, which is currently being opted for a movie. His work hangs in the homes of celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Floyd Mayweather and many others including, ironically, a few banks. Williams is donating a portion of his sales from his Miami Art Week exhibit at The Setai Hotel to After-School All-Stars South Florida (ASAS), the local chapter of a national non-profit organization founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger to help low-income children in schools across the U.S.
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