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Arrest in ATM fake bills at 2 NYC banks

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NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of stuffing amateurish counterfeit bills in the ATMs of two midtown Manhattan banks has been arrested.

The FBI said Gene Carlo Pena was arrested at Kennedy Airport Monday afternoon.

Local media reports indicate he returned voluntarily from the Dominican Republic. FBI said Pena worked for a company that serviced the ATMs.

He faces embezzlement and other charges.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

The bills were discovered last week at two Chase branches - on 57th Street and on Ninth Avenue. The banks were short a total of some $11,000.

The counterfeit bills were blank on one side. Authorities believe they were meant to trick the ATM into believing it was carrying a full complement of cash.

 

Information from: WNBC-TV, http://www.nbcnewyork.com

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