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U.S. and Georgia investigate S. Ossetia counterfeiters
Reuters ^ | 11-26-06 | staff

Posted on 11/26/2006 12:38:15 AM PST by xtinct

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is working with police in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to investigate an international counterfeiting operation that produces fake $100 bills that have been seized in the United States and Israel, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The counterfeiting operation, based on the separatist enclave of South Ossetia, has produced more than $20 million in fake bills that have been transported to the United States and Israel, according to investigators cited by the Post.

The counterfeit notes have been passed at numerous businesses in Baltimore, Maryland; New York City; Buffalo, New York; and Newark, New Jersey, the newspaper said. It said the notes have also surfaced in Georgia and neighboring Russia.

The Post said the number of notes produced in the region and passed in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: counterfeiting; israel; republicofgeorgia; us

1 posted on 11/26/2006 12:38:17 AM PST by xtinct
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To: xtinct

Wonder when these notes started showing up in the liberal NE. Maybe campaign walking around dollars?


2 posted on 11/26/2006 12:47:18 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: xtinct

South Ossetia here...
https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/gg.html


3 posted on 11/26/2006 1:09:56 AM PST by PGalt
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Part of the penalty should be the counterfeiters being forced to eat all the fake money they created.


4 posted on 11/26/2006 2:09:35 AM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: xtinct

Russian support of criminals in a wasteland of the same.


5 posted on 11/26/2006 12:41:29 PM PST by MarMema
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To: xtinct

It looks like former Communists and Red Mafia have taken advantage of the unrest in the area to set up shop.

South Ossetia is a province of Georgia that wants to rejoin Russia. These are high quality forgeries, but not necessarily supernotes, the NK phonies printed on a web press from Iran.

The parts of the US where they are being passed indicates strong ties to tha Russian mob.


6 posted on 11/26/2006 2:36:14 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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