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U.S. hands over Marine indicted on counterfeiting charges

Date Posted: 2008-03-22

A 23-year-old Marine has been transferred from U.S. to Japanese policy custody after he was indicted Friday by a Naha General District Court.
PFC Phillip C. Scott is charged with forging and passing counterfeit currency last Fall, using a photocopier unit in his Camp Kinser barracks. The Naha court indictment charges Scott with printing the phony money beginning last September, then passing them in businesses across central Okinawa.
The court cites specific incidents and dates, including passing the counterfeit U.S. $20 bills to an Urasoe business where he bought food, to an Okinawa City bar to cover his bar bill, and several instances of using the fake money to pay for taxi rides. Taxi fares, the court pointed out, accounted for the bulk of the illegal bills circulation on rides from Uruma City, Chatan and Okinawa City to American bases.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service worked closely with Okinawa Prefectural Police in tracking Scott, and subsequently taking him into custody.

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