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Suspect in killings charged in counterfeiting scheme

ORLANDO - A Daytona Beach man charged in two murders and the attempted murder of his wife was indicted Wednesday on charges of counterfeiting conspiracy and threatening witnesses. Konstantinos Fotopoulos, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Orlando, along with another Daytona Beach resident, Peter Kouracos, 34.

The two men were charged with conspiring to pass and distribute $100 counterfeit bills in Daytona Beach, Orlanda, Tampa, and Miami, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland between April 1, 1987, and Dec. 2, 1989.

The indictment alleges Fotopoulos purchased the counterfeit bills for 20 percent of their face value in Milan, Italy. It accuses him of giving Kouracos $1,000 in cash for his help in passing the bills.

Four counts charge Fotopoulos with knowingly possessing, passing and distributing $16,900 in counterfeit $100 bills in Daytona Beach.

The two men also are charged with conspiring by using threats of bodily harm or death and intimidation against federal witnesses.

Fotopoulos also is awaiting trial in Daytona Beach on charges of hiring two men to kill his wife, Lisa, 29, the daughter of a wealthy Greek immigrant. Court records show six mostly bungled attempts to kill her over five days. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the final attempt on Nov. 4, but says she has recovered. She has since filed for divorce.

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