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US officials seize over $210K in counterfeit bills

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer at an airport
Paul J. Richards | AFP | Getty Images
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer at an airport

It was not a Kodak moment for counterfeiters when customs officials seized $210,500 worth of counterfeit U.S. currency in a recent airport cargo bust.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport found a total of 2,105 counterfeit U.S. $100 bills during a two-day period, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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On July 15 CBP officers examined an express shipment labeled "Handycrafts Pictures" and found 1,252 of the counterfeit bills hidden in laminated pictures and electronic cases. The next day, a second shipment labeled "Handycraft Bags" was seized and the rest of the bills were found stashed in organizer bags and a single electronic case.

No arrests have been made. The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the shipments.

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