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Secret Service busts counterfeiting ring in Lawton

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Lawton_A counterfeit ring in Lawton is busted and nets thousands of dollars in fake bills.

The Secret Service raided a home at SW 28th and J Avenue late Friday night,  Monday, they confirmed they arrested several suspects, but wouldn't identify them.

They were found bleaching real currency and reprinting it in larger denominations. For example, they would take a $5 bill, bleach it an then print it to look like a $100 bill. The counterfeiters often get away with it because it feels like the real thing.

The Secret Service says they're still counting the seized money but says around $50,000-$90,000 in counterfeit money has been coming out of this area for the last 4 months or so.  They say it's caused a big problem not only in Oklahoma but in surrounding states, as well.

The Lawton Police Department and its gang unit, as well as U.S. Marshals helped in tracking down the accused counterfeiters.

They expect to arrest even more.

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