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Customs seized almost $1.4 million in counterfeit currency in Chicago

Each of the 13,957 counterfeit bills were $100 denominations.
Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago seized a package from Ukraine that contained bogus currency totaling more than $1.3 million.

CHICAGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a package from Ukraine that contained bogus currency totaling more than $1.3 million.

Officers were inspecting a package that claimed to have prop money. Each of the 13,957 counterfeit bills were $100 denominations. Even though it was said that it was to be used as prop money, reproducing currency is still illegal.

"This is just one of many examples of CBP’s success in protecting the worldwide integrity of U.S. currency,” said Chicago Port Director Shane Campbell. “CBP continues to adapt its strategies to combat trends in counterfeiting and smuggling to protect the American public from these illegal importations.”

The money was being sent to someone in Joliet, Illinois.