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NAHA, Okinawa — Two Marines assigned to Camp Foster have been indicted in a Japanese court on counterfeiting charges.

The Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office indicted Lance Cpl. Jesse A. Trammell, 24, and Lance Cpl. Chad J. Adkins, 22. They’re accused of passing three fake 5,000-yen notes at a Chatan bar in March. The Marines were handed over to Japanese authorities on May 31, the day they were indicted, said a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

The indictment accuses the pair of making two fake 5,000-yen (about $48) bills on a scanner and color printer on March 4 at their Camp Foster barracks, then using them at a Chatan bar to pay a tab of 1,700 yen (about $15). An Okinawa police spokesman said the two Marines are accused of trying to pass another counterfeit 5,000-yen note March 8 at the same bar but the owner became suspicious and called police.

The police spokesman said the suspects were still at the bar when police arrived. He said the Marines at first denied any wrongdoing, contending they received the bogus bill at an automated teller machine on a Marine base.

After several other fake bills reportedly were received by other businesses in the area, Okinawa police asked military police to help them. During the ensuing investigation, said the prosecutor’s office spokesman, a computer and scanner were confiscated from the two Marines’ barracks and they reportedly confessed to the crime.

No date has been set for trial.


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