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Counterfeiter admits printing, passing phony yen notes

Date Posted: 2007-09-12

Fake ¥10,000 and ¥5,000 notes began popping up at central Okinawa convenience stores and souvenir shops last month, and now the counterfeiter is in police custody.
Masamori Toguchi was apprehended by police after he passed a phony bill at a convenience store in Kitanakagusuku Village. “Yes, I did use the fake ¥10,000 at a fast food shop,” he confessed to police. Authorities raided Toguchi’s home, where they found a computer and a number of fake bills.
The 31-year-old admitted he used the computer and a scanner and printer to print 19 ¥10,000 and ¥5,000 bills. At least 16 bills found their way into various stores and shops.
Store clerks say the bills are typically passed when the shops are busy, and staff have no time to notice the money is not real. Prefecture Police are continuing their investigation of Toguchi.

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