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Counterfeiting charges filed against two Foster Marines

Date Posted: 2005-05-19

Two young Marines are in US custody as they await formal indictment by the Naha District Public Prosecutor on charges of counterfeiting.

The pair have admitted making the false \5,000 bills passed in the Okinawa City and Chatan areas in March. The 22 and 24-year-old GI’s were arrested March 8th at a bar, where they passed two of the phony bills while paying for their drinks. The bar owner recognized the fakes, and called police immediately. The two servicemen were still in the bar when police arrived. They initially claimed they’d gotten the \5,000 bills from an ATM machine, but later confessed to making them on a color photo copier after more of the phony money surfaced near the bases.

Names of the two are being withheld while they remain in American military custody, but will be released when surrendered to the Japanese authorities. Police say the U.S. military has been very cooperative in the case. The two men are stationed at Camp Foster, where the copier was confiscated from their barracks.

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