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New arrest in northern Greece for fake euros

An Albanian man has been arrested in northern Greece for possession of 14,000 euros in forged banknotes, police said yesterday. The 29-year-old, whose name was not made public, was arrested in his home in Polychronos, Halkidiki, where police found 280 counterfeit 50-euro notes. The suspect said he had been given the fake money, which was produced in Bulgaria, by a fellow-Albanian. At least another four arrests involving large quantities of counterfeit paper money have been made over the past month, three of which were in northern Greece. The largest haul involved 81,800 euros in fake banknotes that were brought into Greece by a Bulgarian national. On Tuesday, Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Kroustallakis instructed police and judicial authorities to be lenient with people who unwittingly use forged bills.