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$900,000 of Counterfeit Money Seized at International Falls Port of Entry

Authorities seized $900,000 of counterfeit money from the International Falls Port of Entry on Friday that was discovered in a commercial rail shipment originating from China.   Authorities seized $900,000 of counterfeit money from the International Falls Port of Entry on Friday that was discovered in a commercial rail shipment originating from China.   |  Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Updated: January 26, 2020 12:24 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $900,000 of counterfeit money from the International Falls Port of Entry on Friday that was discovered in a commercial rail shipment originating from China.  

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The release says the seizure happened when officers referred a rail container for a Customs Exam Station inspection on December 14.

During the examination, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 45 cartons of possible counterfeit currency in the form of $1 bills with a total face value of $900,000. The United States Secret Service was contacted and determined the currency is counterfeit.

“CBP officers strive every day to protect the United States from a variety of threats,” Jason Schmelz, Pembina Area Port Director said in a news release. “Those threats don’t always come in the form of terrorists or narcotics, but also in the form of counterfeit currency and other goods that have the potential to harm the economy of the United States. Thanks to the dedication of our officers and our partnership with the Secret Service, we were able to keep this currency from entering into circulation.”

The counterfeit currency was seized and will be turned over to the Secret Service.

If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, you're asked to contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

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