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Counterfeiting conviction nets U.S. Marine suspended sentence

Date Posted: 2008-05-24

A Marine who last year created counterfeit American currency on a photo copier in his on-base barracks, then circulated the phony money in local Okinawa communities has been found guilty by a Naha District Court.

The G.I., who used the counterfeit bills to pay restaurant and taxi fares, was sentenced to four years probation, with the terms suspended as long as he behaves. The prosecution had wanted the Marine locked up for three years.

The judge, in rendering his decision, said leniency was necessary. “Sure, he did selfish and greedy things, and he will be punished,” the judge said, “but he just had a baby and he hadn’t done anything bad before this.” The judge told the court the Marine “has to have a chance to live and for rehabilitation.

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