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Feds seize $1M in fake money orders at JFK

No arrests, investigation continues

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Thu Aug 30, 2012.

A routine inspection at Kennedy Airport recently turned up $1 million in counterfeit money orders.

According to a statement issued by United States Customs and Border Protection on Monday, CBP officers found the money orders on Aug. 8 after finding a bulky package that originated in the African nation of Ghana in the airport’s mail branch.

The press release stated that CBP officers and investigators from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were able to disrupt the distribution of the phony money orders, which were printed to look like those from major banks, chain stores and the United States Postal Service.

Officials with both agencies said no arrests have been made, and that the investigation is continuing.

“Every day CBP officers are protecting the American public from various dangers,” said Robert Perez, director of the agency’s field operations in New York. “This seizure is a testament to the dedication our officers demonstrate daily in support of CBP’s mission.”

Gregory Crabb, inspector in charge of revenue, product and global security for the Postal Service, said it routinely pursues arrests and convictions in such operations at home and abroad.

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