Busy day at Dulles airport where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized approximately $170,000 in unreported currency from 7 different travelers.
As you are aware, it is legal to carry large amounts of currency, however, all amounts over $10,000 must be reported. The $10,000 limit is not for the individual, but rather the limit for everyone in the traveling party.
The seizures in early August included:
- CBP seizes $21,735 from a woman boarding a flight to Belgium. The family reported $9,700.00. Typically, CBP first asks the traveler(s) to complete FinCen Form 105 to report the amount of currency they have. After the Form 105 is completed, CBP then searches the travelers’ belongings. In this instance, after the travelers signed the form, CBP did a thorough search and found $21,735 total.
- On July 30, a man was boarding a flight to Ghana when he CBP seized $30,721 in unreported currency.
- A family on the way to Turkey was detained and CBP seized $21,000 in unreported currency. In this seizure, CBP found cash concealed in clothing and cell phone cases.
- Another group of travelers traveling to Ghana were stopped and CBP seized $34,585 from them. The couple mistakenly reported $10,000 was carried by each person.
- CBP seized $18,390 from another couple going to Turkey.
- $20,645 was seized from another group of travelers heading to Qatar.
- Last, a passenger on the way to Serbia had $17,178 seized after she reported $8,000.00.
If you have had your cash seized, contact experienced currency seizure attorney David Hsu at 832.896.6288 or by email at email@example.com.