CBSA seizes counterfeit money and thwarts black money scam: two individuals accused

MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced that charges were filed yesterday against two Montréal residents, Lucien Kamgaing Kamdem, age 37, and his wife, Nadège Faustine Noucbibem, age 32, for possessing and attempting to smuggle counterfeit money into Canada, under the Criminal Code. The CBSA's investigation was conducted with the help of French customs officials (the Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects de la République française) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The CBSA's investigation began after the interception of a parcel from Cameroon destined to Canada via France. The package contained 423 counterfeit Canadian bills. CBSA investigators executed a search warrant at the home of the intended recipient in Montréal. A number of other items were seized, including counterfeit Canadian and American bills, Euros and product kits used in a black money scam. Bundles of white and black bills of unclear denominations were also seized.

According to the CBSA's investigation, the seized goods were to be used as part of a black money scam. In this type of fraud, fraudsters claim that the denominations of the bills had to be masked in order to facilitate the border crossing. Victims are then asked considerable sums of money to buy the products needed to return the bills in good condition.

The CBSA Criminal Investigations Division works closely with domestic and international law enforcement partners to prevent the unlawful importation of goods while prosecuting those who contravene Canadian legislation. It should be noted that the items were intercepted at the moment of their importation, before the bills were fraudulently used. With the assistance of their partners, CBSA officers protected Canadians from a scam before it was committed.


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Communications, Quebec Region

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