CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa police on Friday forwarded a counterfeiting charge against a Marine to the Naha Public Prosecutors Office.

The Marine remains in military custody, a police spokesman said.

His name will not be released until custody under the U.S.-Japan status of forces agreement is transferred to Japanese authorities, the spokesman said.

According to police, the Marine passed dozens of bogus $20 bills at off-base stores in the central Okinawa city of Uruma, which hosts several Marine bases. Marines were unavailable to confirm the report late Friday.

Last week a Marine official said the investigation by Okinawa and military authorities was ongoing but would not comment further.

The Marine allegedly used his personal computer to make copies of $20 bills on cheap paper and then used them to pay for taxi rides and goods purchased at off-base businesses.

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