Counterfeit checks and money orders are seized

2006-08-30T00:00:00Z Counterfeit checks and money orders are seized Arizona Daily Star
August 30, 2006 12:00 am

PHOENIX — Customs officials in Phoenix have seized almost $1 million in counterfeit travelers checks, gift checks, money orders and cashier's checks during the last three weeks.

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted eight shipments of the counterfeit documents last week alone.

More shipments have been targeted and additional seizures are anticipated this week, according to an agency statement released Monday.

According to the statement, the bulk of the money orders were counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders and counterfeit Money Gram International money orders.

The counterfeit cashier's checks have had amounts of up to $20,000 and indicated that they were issued by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase Manhattan and Commerce Bank.

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