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    Money Printing Plant Employee Steals $700,000

    <i>An employee at the printing plant that makes more than half of America's paper currency stole up to $700,000 over seven years by stuffing his pockets with folded sheets of $20 and $50 bills, a Secret Service agent testified Thursday.

    Donald Edward Stokes Jr., 39, was captured in Oklahoma City earlier this month. He fled after federal authorities found stolen money at his home, and was caught three weeks later.

    The bills were flawed and had been marked for destruction at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, but the money still was usable, agent Norm Layton testified during Stokes' preliminary hearing.

    Defense attorney Randy S. Myers said his client "was ready to face the music" and hoped to reach a plea bargain. If convicted of theft of government property, Stokes could get up to 10 years in federal prison...</i> <A HREF="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=691729">Entire Story Here</A>
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