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Graves admits to "unique" counterfeit operation in Lubbock

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Harley Graves, image from Lubbock County S.O. Harley Graves, image from Lubbock County S.O.

A Fort Worth man admits in Lubbock federal court that he made counterfeit money.  Harley Graves, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy. 

Court records say, "He had a unique counterfeit method wherein he used recycled newsprint paper and drew the simulated watermark himself." 

Federal agents searched the hotel room that Graves rented and found a couple of printers, glue sticks, 19 complete counterfeit notes, and more than 70 incomplete counterfeit notes.  Graves was printing the front half and back half of each bill separately.  He would then attach the halves to make a whole. 

One of Graves' co-defendant's, Thomas Vasquez, also pleaded guilty to related charges on Thursday.  Court records says Vasquez let Graves use his house and car as part of the counterfeiting crime.  Another co-defendant pleaded guilty last week.  Augustine Moreno admits to helping Graves spend the fake money at local restaurants and the Lubbock location of Kohls.  Graves admitted that he passed fake money at local restaurants. 

Graves and Moreno will be sentenced at a later date to no more than five years in prison.  Vasquez faces as much as three years. 

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