U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $1.4 million in counterfeit currency at a Chicago mail facility. The shipment of fake cash came in from Ukraine, officials stated.
Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Chicago International Mail Facility on November 16 found a large quantity of counterfeit U.S. currency in a package sent from Ukraine, according to CBP officials.
Officer inspected a parcel destined for an address in Joliet, Illinois, from Ukraine. The inspection of the package to determine its eligibility to enter the U.S. led to the discovery of multiple bundles of what appeared to be U.S. $100 bills. The bundles contained 13,597 fake $100 bills.
The package described the contents as “prop money,” officials stated. However, it is a violation of federal law to reproduce U.S. currency for any purpose.
Officers seized the fake currency and turned the package over to U.S. Immigration and Customs