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Two boys found with counterfeit money

Date Posted: 1998-06-06

Two teen-age boys were arrested by Okinawa City Police on charges for making and distributing bogus $20 bills, Tuesday. A third, suspected of being an accomplice is being sought for.

According to investigators, the 17 and 18-year old boys had used a personal computer equipment to make several fake $20 bills which the police said were of surprisingly good quality. The police arrested the two when they tried to make a purchase at a pharmacy, and the clerk discovered that the bill they were offering as a payment looked suspicious and called the police.

Police say that the main difference when compared to a real $20 bill is the size with the bogus bills being shorter and wider. The boys made the bogus bills to appear old by soaking them in water.

The boys, one of whom the police say is a Japanese national and the other an American and both of whom are students at an on-base school, allegedly made the bills on May 20 with the help of a 20-year old man whose whereabouts are not known, and then used five of them at convenience stores in Chatan Town to purchase food, beverages and cigarettes. The store's security camera recorded their images.

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