Bad Money  LbNA # 59095

Ownerhoweville    
Placed DateAug 9 2011
CountyTravis
Location10th and Lorrain, Austin, TX
Boxes1
Found ByGiant Eyeball! (Attempted)
Last UpdateAug 27 2013

Clues

Good Afternoon, Mr. Phelps.

The Ersatz Gang, a modern counterfeiting ring, has set up shop in the otherwise respectable Austin neighborhood of Clarksville. Because of the uncertain economic situation in the country, the Secretary needs you to infiltrate the gang in order to perform careful assessment of the gang's membership and capabilities, without alerting the gang or disturbing the people in the neighborhood. Any mistake could potentially lead to economic disaster: if the Clarksville townspeople lose confidence in their currency if could be the catalyzing agent that drags the nation's economy back into recession, or if the Ersatz Gang is allowed to continue printing currency, it could destabilize the world's financial market.

First, you will need to become an expert at identifying counterfeit currency. Once you have mastered the field, head to West Austin Park. Parking is free at the intersection of 10th and Lorrain. In order to help you locate the Ersatz hideout, our insiders in the park maintenance department have painted incomprehensible blue writing on a manhole cover (s/n 59-340-303) a few steps to the west of the park sign near 10th street. From this location, follow the overtaxed retaining wall to the south for about 70 steps. There you will find a few stairs headed up, and a large crack in the left side of the retaining wall. A black rock is wedged at the back of the crack. Behind it, you will find the counterfeiter's apparatus.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate the Ersatz Gang, sign their register with your cover name to pose as a member of the gang, and secure a sample of their counterfeit money to bring back to headquarters for further analysis. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will deny all knowledge of your actions. Please dispose of this message by the usual method.

Good Luck, Jim.