TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials say two men have been charged in New Jersey in connection to a scam in which worthless paper dyed black was portrayed as real money and sold to people if they paid to have the dye removed.

The state attorney general says the pair told people they needed several thousand dollars to buy chemicals to extract the dye from the paper. Authorities say the men said the money was dyed to avoid detection and was smuggled out of Liberia.

Authorities say the men promised those who helped several times more than what they paid in return but left them with worthless paper.

Thirty-eight-year-old Nyondah Blay of Trenton and 35-year-old Carl Jenkins of Philadelphia were charged with second and third-degree theft, conspiracy and forgery charges.

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