Updated: January 27, 2020 05:48 AM
Created: January 26, 2020 02:28 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- $900,000 in counterfeit money was seized by U.S. border authorities at the International Falls Port of Entry in northern Minnesota on Friday. Officials say the money was discovered in a commercial rail shipment coming from China.
The U.S.Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement on Saturday explaining the discovery, “CBP officers strive every day to protect the United States from a variety of threats,” said Jason Schmelz, Pembina Area Port Director. “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.”
CBP officials say CBP officers referred a rail container for a Customs Exam Station inspection on Dec. 14, 2019.
During the examination, CBP 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 determined the currency is counterfeit.
The counterfeit currency was seized and will be turned over to the Secret Service.
CBP says stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for them. They say the importation of counterfeit merchandise including counterfeit currency can damage the U.S. economy.
If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please contact CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.
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