Greece: Two Arrested in Counterfeiting Scam

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Greece: 2 arrested in counterfeiting scam making 2-euro coins

By The Associated Press June 28, 2012

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Police in northern Greece have arrested two men accused of making tens of thousands of counterfeit 2-euro coins.

A Bulgarian man aged 59 and a 41-year-old alleged Greek accomplice were arrested near Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki. Police were also seeking the arrest of a 40-year-old Greek man.

Police seized thousands of nickel- and copper-alloy pieces used to make the coins and machinery that embeds them with the Greek national design.

The arrests were made in the village of Epanomi, 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) outside Thessaloniki, after receiving a tip from authorities in neighbouring Bulgaria and working with the European Union's crime-fighting agency Europol.

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