Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Lithuanians held over fake euros


Eleven men have been charged in Lithuania with masterminding what is believed to be Europe's biggest ever euro counterfeiting operation.

Police arrested the men on Saturday in a raid on a printing works in Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city.

Forged banknotes worth at least 9m euros ($11.6m) were seized.

Investigators said the notes were of such high quality that they could not be distinguished from legitimate currency with the naked eye. More from the BBC

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I Love Lietuva (Lithuania)

I got my nickname, "Vikingas," while in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Kaunas is know for great food, culture, a wonderful people, but also as a center of the Russian Mafia, Black Marketeers, and other criminals.


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