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CBP Discovers Nearly $300K in Counterfeit Cash at JFK Airport

Release Date: 
December 27, 2011

New York - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy Airport found more than dirty laundry during a baggage inspection last Thursday, when they discovered nearly $300,000 in fake U.S. currency.

This counterfeit currency was discovered in the baggage of a passenger arriving from Colombia.

This counterfeit currency was discovered in the baggage of a passenger arriving from Colombia.

CBP officers stopped Karol Andrea Chilito Solarte after she arrived on a flight from Medellin, Colombia. During a search of her baggage, officers noticed an unusual thickness in the bottom of her suitcases. After further inspection, 46 packages of counterfeit U.S. 100-dollar bills were discovered at the bottom of her bags. The entire batch of fake bills totaled just under $300,000.

"CBP officers protect the homeland in many ways." said Robert E. Perez, CBP director of field operations in New York. "Our officers are always on the lookout for items that can harm our communities; in this case it was counterfeit currency."

CBP officers arrested Chilito Solarte, a 29-year-old Colombian citizen and turned her over to the agents of the U.S. Secret Service. She will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017