Dependent teen accused of passing fake $10 bills on Okinawa
Stars and Stripes March 2, 2006
URASOE, Okinawa — An 18-year-old dependent son of a Marine was in Okinawa police custody Tuesday, accused of passing fake U.S. $10 bills, according to a police spokesman.
The spokesman for the Okinawa prefectural police in Urasoe said the high school student, who lives on Camp Kinser, is accused of attempting to exchange two forged $10 bills for yen. Police said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Monday at a computer game amusement center in the Jichaku district of Urasoe, near Camp Kinser.
The center’s manager called police after he detected the counterfeit money, the police said.
“It was immediately obvious that they were fake notes,” said the police spokesman.
One of the two bogus bills was made by gluing together the color photocopied front and back sides of a banknote, the spokesman said. The second fake bill had only a copy of the front face of a bill, he said, and was blank on the other side.
The police said the manager and employees of the amusement center had been on the lookout for suspicious U.S. currency after they found a total of five fake $10 bills in their proceeds. The police were told a non-Japanese teen male brought the previous fake bills in Thursday and Friday of last week, to exchange them for yen.
The police spokesman said the case is under investigation, including whether the high school student counterfeited the bills himself or whether he was involved in passing the bogus $10 bills last week.