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Thousands in counterfeit cash seized at the Peace Bridge

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 12:15:48-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Thousands of dollars of counterfeit money was seized at the Peace Bridge on Tuesday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Officers say a 20-year-old man was stopped after he made a wrong turn into the Peace Bridge Plaza. The man told officers the was a citizen of Yemen but also lawful resident of the United States but he did not have proper identification.

During a secondary inspection, officers allegedly found 47 fake $100 bills hidden in the door of the car.

“Our CBP officers encounter a wide variety of criminal activity,” said Buffalo Port Director Jennifer De La O. “In this case, our officers were able to take $4,700 of fake currency out of circulation where it could have done harm to other businesses and individuals financially.”

The counterfeit money was turned over to Homeland Security who will lead an investigation over the fake cash. The suspect was determined to be both a citizen of Yemen and a lawful permanent resident of the United States.