Friday, October 26, 2001

UK students accused of counterfeiting

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Two University of Kentucky students are facing criminal charges, accused of making counterfeit bills in a dormitory room.

        Aaron Murphy, a 20-year-old student, is accused of using a computer to print more than $10,000 in counterfeit money, according to court records.

        Mr. Murphy, of Cunningham, who lives in Kirwan Tower II, and Howard Todd Moore, 19, a Dallas resident who lives in the Keeneland Hall dormitory, were arrested Monday. The two were charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The crime is a felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison for each count.

        The students possessed fake $50 and $100 bills, said Paul Sims, the Lexington agent in charge for the U.S. Secret Service. About $13,000 in counterfeit money was recovered, police said.

        Another man, Gregory Robert Hutchinson, 25, formerly of Virginia, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

        A fourth man, Nabil A. Shalash, 18, of Lexington, was charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument, along with robbery and wanton endangerment. Police said Mr. Shalash was involved in a robbery and ended up with some of the fake money.


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