The 19 year old had previously planned on buying close to 5 billion in-game coins from a gold farmer at a shocking price of $3,300. However, he had no intention of actually paying for the coins.
He turned up with a bag full of counterfeit cash and surprisingly got caught by the gold farmer. The teen then pulled out a fake gun and coerced the collector to call their partner and arrange to transfer the virtual currency.
The whole exchange was caught on a security camera which proved vital in the end. Currently the teen is being charged with second-degree robbery and grand larceny. His bail was set at $20,000, and he could serve up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
High level players in every MMO title farm in-game currency to sell to users for real-life cash. Developers are not always in favor of this but there is little they can do to stop it.
The gold farmer in the case is not facing any consequences.