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Millions of Dollars in Phony $100 Bllls Flooding the Big Apple
DNAinfo ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | Murray Weiss

Posted on 01/30/2014 6:53:38 AM PST by shove_it

NEW YORK CITY — It’s all about the Benjamins.

An international counterfeiting ring has been pumping millions of dollars in phony $100 bills into New York and other cities in the metropolitan area in the past several years, forcing the Secret Service to step up its operation to shut it down, sources told "On The Inside."

Federal officials are tracking the mules who smuggle bogus bills into the country and distributing an alert to New York businesses, banks and security industry personnel that teaches how to detect the fake C-notes, a copy of which DNAinfo New York obtained.

The counterfeit cash appears to have been manufactured on offset printing machines using plates and ink, rather than on more sophisticated copiers, according to Michael Seremetis, the assistant special agent in charge of the New York Secret Service office.

The loot is produced in bulk and bundled into packages that are smuggled in luggage or carried on planes by couriers who get about 40-cents on the dollar to put the fakes into circulation.

“The network is similar to that of the narcotics trade,” Seremetis explained. “It is distributed via a sophisticated network that involves several mules who do the passing of the notes here in the tri-state area.”

The Secret Service warning says the bills contain a set of five different serial numbers and have two black 7s above the last zero on the lower right-hand corner, above the “100” mark on the back of the bill.

Although the Super Bowl game is taking place in the New York City area, officials are downplaying any connection between those festivities and the timing of their warning — and insist counterfeiters are not using the big game as a convenient time to pass off their funny money.

The counterfeit cash frequently turns up in clubs, bars and casinos, officials said. Department stores over holiday periods are typical targets.

Officials say that if you have a phony $100 that is confiscated, you will lose the value of the money but can declare a tax loss at the end of the year.

“We are asking the public to let us know if they encounter these bills,” Seremetis said.

Officials asked anyone with information to call the Secret Service's New Haven office at (203) 865-2449, or the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
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1 posted on 01/30/2014 6:53:38 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

They don’t sound very sophisticated. Do they have the plastic strip with ‘100’ imbedded?


2 posted on 01/30/2014 6:55:32 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: shove_it

Coming in from Mexico?


3 posted on 01/30/2014 6:56:17 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: shove_it

Some of the best forgeries come form N.Korea and Iran as Billy Carter’s brother Jimmy sold them us presses.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 6:57:21 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: shove_it
Get it right... the Fed is creating BILLIONS of dollars in Monopoly Money. They call it "Quantitative Easing".


5 posted on 01/30/2014 6:57:40 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: BenLurkin

Coming via the New York Branch of the Federal Reserve. /snort


6 posted on 01/30/2014 6:57:51 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: shove_it

phony $100 bills

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Is there any other kind?


7 posted on 01/30/2014 6:58:36 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Rodamala

Roger that. You got the bigger story right.


8 posted on 01/30/2014 7:00:27 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: shove_it

And the diff between this gang and the treasury dorks is?


9 posted on 01/30/2014 7:01:16 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Rodamala

-— Get it right... the Fed is creating BILLIONS of dollars in Monopoly Money. They call it “Quantitative Easing -—

I LOLed, and then I went, “oh...”


10 posted on 01/30/2014 7:04:19 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 1rudeboy
Fake?


11 posted on 01/30/2014 7:05:13 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: shove_it

Why doesnt the left see this as just another form of discrimination? They want to allow illegals into the country and declare them citizens, why not allow illegal money as well and declare it legal tender? Who are we to say that money made in another country isnt as good as our own? Celebrate diversity and multicurrancyism!


12 posted on 01/30/2014 7:05:47 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Good question.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 7:08:37 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: shove_it
When will the GOPe propose amnesty for undocumented quantitative easing?
14 posted on 01/30/2014 7:16:34 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: loungitude

phony $100 bills

Is there any other kind?
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Actually yes, there is, of course, the phony kind that these people are bringing into New York and then there is the double secret probation phony money that the Fed creates. Of the two the Fed’s double secret probation counterfeit money does by far the greater damage.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 7:23:45 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: BenLurkin

re: Coming in from Mexico?

More than likely they are coming from Washington DC and the Treasury Dept. same as they have been doing for the past 100 years.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 7:27:37 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: shove_it

The tremendous irony is that economics have overwhelmed the very idea of counterfeiting.

To start with, all US paper money is printed in just two high security Bureau of Engraving and Printing offices, one in Washington, D.C., and the other in Fort Worth, TX.

Working around the clock, printing mostly $1 bills, and proportionately fewer $5,$10,$20,$50 and $100 bills, they can barely produce enough paper currency to back just less than 5% of daily US retail. (And most $100 bills are sent to other countries who must have physical US paper money.)

So if someone else is willing to print higher quality counterfeit paper money for us, it really isn’t a problem, because we *need* more paper money in circulation.

Some years ago, Iran tried counterfeiting US dollars, and did us a huge favor in the process.

First of all, the Middle East was desperately short of US paper money. It helped to ease that shortage, and in doing so, it made local currencies less desirable. Everybody wanted dollars, and followed Gresham’s law (economics) by spending their local money and saving dollars.

It was also very expensive for the US to ship planeloads of dollars to the Middle East. And the real zinger was that all told, the Iranians probably made about $300 million by doing so, when over the same time period they made $6 billion on just oil sales.

Some wits suggested that the USBEP should just rename the Iranian counterfeiters as the “Iranian USBEP office.”


17 posted on 01/30/2014 7:32:20 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: shove_it
An international counterfeiting ring has been pumping millions of dollars in phony $100 bills into New York and other cities in the metropolitan area in the past several years

They are just doing the same thing the Federal reserve has been doing for the last five years.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 7:34:03 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: shove_it

Does it really matter? Its all just paper, US treasury or counterfeit, and built on a Ponzi scheme from the get go. Is it better to have a piece of paper that says “$100” on it, or 4 or 5 boxes of .45 acp?


19 posted on 01/30/2014 7:35:33 AM PST by Lockbar ("WWVTID?": What Would Vlad The Impaler Do?)
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To: shove_it

20 posted on 01/30/2014 7:37:50 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: JPG
Next thing, some right wing extremist will be
telling us that our Obama Dollars aren't real


21 posted on 01/30/2014 7:48:12 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: shove_it

Since that’s the price of a cup of coffee in NYC Starbucks better watch out.


22 posted on 01/30/2014 7:48:58 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Rodamala

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23 posted on 01/30/2014 7:53:55 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: JPG

At the risk of sounding like I’m making an obvious understatement, that image is more than disturbing.


24 posted on 01/30/2014 7:55:40 AM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: shove_it

Whats the point aren’t they pretty much worth the same?


25 posted on 01/30/2014 8:05:31 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: shove_it

I am deeply offended that these 100 dollar bills are being referred to as “illegal”. The proper thing to do is call them “undocumented currency”. Personally I think that any hundred dollar bill that has been in NYC for more than a week has earned the right to be legal American tender.

(At the end of the day this is all about the Federal Reserve resenting the competition!)


26 posted on 01/30/2014 8:13:00 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
“Iranian USBEP office.”

I wouldn't put it past The PRESidENT to have a personal payoff buried somewhere in the bowels of his recent NUC deal with the Mullahs.

27 posted on 01/30/2014 8:21:42 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Junk Silver
Regarding this "undocumented currency"

Haven't they earned the right to be used?

28 posted on 01/30/2014 8:25:24 AM PST by Freedumb
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To: shove_it; null and void

No big surprise. It is super bowl week.... lots of folks wandering around doing nefarious things


29 posted on 01/30/2014 8:26:07 AM PST by Nifster
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To: shove_it

This is what happens when you change the money all the time. While the new bill might be harder to replicate nobody knows what the money is supposed to look like anymore so they’ll take any damn thing you give them.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 8:28:12 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: shove_it

Folks rest easy. These are simply $100 dollar bills coming in to do the work that U. S. $100 dollar bills have chosen not to do.

These $100 bills can be used to pay for the education, E.R. visits, the housing subsidies, the low income subsidies, and the many more things foreign nationals need in the U. S., so we should be thankful for that.

These $100 bills help the economy.

These $100 bills are one of God’s blessings too.

These $100 bills are good $100 bills, and they should never be referred to with demeaning words like, illegal, counterfeit, or destructive.

And besides, it’s not these $100 bills fault that the nation they came from valued them so little, that they could only find worth by sneaking into the United States and working here.


31 posted on 01/30/2014 8:38:50 AM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: DoughtyOne

And try to remember, all the little $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $50 dollar bills in your pocket these $100s birth in the U. S. each year, in change. They are legal, because they were printed on U. S. soil.

You can’t send those $100 bills home and leave their offspring here.


32 posted on 01/30/2014 8:42:14 AM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: shove_it

My fav lines from the article:

“Officials say that if you have a phony $100 that is confiscated, you will lose the value of the money but ... “We are asking the public to let us know if they encounter these bills,” Seremetis said.”

Wonder how many people are eager to do that? Might get more satisfaction in lighting cigars with the funny money. The gov should at least offer a percentage reward for cooperation from LEGITIMATE MERCHANTS: that would shut down these rings a lot quicker. Seems like if these fools otherwise offer rewards for every other crime but counterfeiting they might alter their policy a bit for that crime too.


33 posted on 01/30/2014 9:21:34 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: shove_it

HAH! That’s been going on for years in our government!


34 posted on 01/30/2014 9:45:41 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: shove_it

I haven’t seen a hundred dollar bill in so long, I wouldn’t know what one would look like ::shrug::


35 posted on 01/30/2014 6:26:48 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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