Officials Seize Upwards of $6.5 Million in Counterfeit Currency from Russia at Philadelphia International Airport

U.S. and Euro currency from Russia. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced September 30 that officers seized upwards of $6.5 million in counterfeit currency from Russia at the Philadelphia International Airport.

According to the CBP announcement, the seizure was a weeks-long endeavor as agents investigated five different parcels dating back to September 14. The newest parcel was seized September 28 and carried $3,011,000 in counterfeit Euros with denominations of $10, $50, $100, and $500. When converted to U.S. currency, the sum is equivalent to $3,485,794, the CBP states.

in fake 10, 50, 100 and 200 euro notes. U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

One parcel contained over $3 million in fake 10, 50, 100 and 200 Euro notes. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection).

The announcement reports that authorities discovered $20,500 in counterfeit one-dollar bills secured in a parcel on September 14. On September 17, CBP officers found $990,000 in counterfeit hundred-dollar bills inside of another package. A day earlier, officers analyzed two parcels where one contained $2 million in counterfeit hundred dollar bills, and the other held $15,000 in fake one-dollar bills.

When adding the seizure from the five parcels together, the total sum accumulates to $6,511,294 in counterfeit currency. CBP indicated that the money was headed for an address in the Chicago area.

CBP has noted that the “parcels were manifested as ‘Play Money for Monopoly.’ The notes were marked as prop money — which federal law considers as counterfeit currency — but the notes too closely resembled authentic U.S. currency.”

“This is an outstanding interception by Customs and Border Protection officers of an alarming amount of restricted currency that may be altered to look authentic and potentially used to hurt our nation’s most vulnerable citizens,” explained CBP’s Acting Area Port Director in Philadelphia Edward Moriarty in the CBP’s announcement. “CBP remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners in our collective efforts to interrupt financial scams and to protect our nation’s economic security.”

The Secret Service is now in possession of the counterfeit money 6ABC reports.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly 1.4 million in counterfeit cash at a mail facility in Chicago in November of 2020. The shipment of false currency was sent from Ukraine.

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