Los Angeles–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) express consignment operations seized $110,180 in counterfeit United States currency Friday that was discovered in an express parcel shipment originating from Hong Kong and with a destination in Northern California.
CBP officers discovered the counterfeit notes while conducting an enforcement examination of a shipment declared as “BAR PROP 35PCS”. Inside the package officers found 492 pieces of counterfeit $100 notes and 3,049 pieces of $20 counterfeit notes with a combined face value of $110,180.
All the notes were determined to be counterfeit based on the quality, shipping method, and the “Prop Copy” printing on the back of the bills. The shipment was seized under 19 USC 1595a(c) for violation of 18 USC 513.
Counterfeiting Federal Reserve notes is a federal crime. Visit the United States Secret Service’s website for detailed information. Both consumers and retailers can protect themselves from inadvertently receiving counterfeit currency by quickly glancing at the note.