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Customs Agents Seize More Than $200,000 In Counterfeit Money At JFK

Police say the counterfeit $100s were found in the false lining of this suitcase. (credit: Customs and Border Protection)

Police say the counterfeit $100s were found in the false lining of this suitcase. (credit: Customs and Border Protection)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the wrong kind of play dough.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport say they seized more than $200,000 in counterfeit $100s.

The bogus bucks were rounded up in two separate incidents.

On May 6th, 2012, authorities say they found $68,000 in counterfeit $100 bills concealed in file folders and children’s books. The counterfeit cash was found at JFK’s International Mail facility, and were sent from Peru. No arrests have been made.

Two days later, officials say they stopped Katherine Velez, who had arrived at JFK from Cali, Colombia.

They discovered $141,200 of counterfeit money hidden in a false lining of her luggage and arrested her.

In an unrelated incident, Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed Roberto Menelas arriving from Port Au Prince, Haiti. CBP agents say they found 7.25 pounds of cocaine.

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