The Austrian National Analysis Center (NAC) examined the 493 banknotes Hölzen and B. had in their possession. Of those notes, 295 were originally $1 bills. Counterfeiters increased the face value of the bills to $1 million, simply by adding six zeros. The counterfeiting was done "very expensively and professionally," say the specialists.
The men - one of whom is an attorney - claim that they were not trying to pass counterfeit money because they thought the bills were genuine. They now suspect that they may have been victims of a scam.