UIJEONGBU, South Korea — Uijeongbu prosecutors charged a Camp Stanley soldier Thursday with counterfeiting U.S. and South Korean currency and using it.

Pfc. Allen E. Coates of the 204th Signal Battalion is accused of counterfeiting 30 $20 bills, six $100 bills and 20 South Korean 10,000 won notes valued at a little more than $10 each.

Police said he used the counterfeit bills for drinking and taxi fares in the Itaewon area.

A taxi driver triggered the investigation by claiming he received three forged 10,000-won notes after taking a soldier from Seoul to Camp Stanley around 6 a.m. April 7.

Police said Coates confessed to the crime after questioning. Nine more forged $20 bills were found in his barracks room, they said.

A trial date has not been set, prosecutors said.

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