Cash-stuffed bra lands Florida woman in trouble at airport

Fri Aug 8, 2014 7:11pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Padding in her bra and girdle got a Florida woman some unwelcome attention at a U.S. airport.

Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash she hid in her clothing and carry-on baggage while trying to board a flight from Detroit to the Philippines in April.

Customs officers got suspicious when Faren first declared having $200 in cash but later said the amount was $1,200, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

Federal agents found $8,000 in her carry-on and $4,977 sewn into a cloth pouch and sealed envelops in her bag, already past the $10,000 threshold at which travelers must declare the cash they are taking abroad, according to prosecutors.

There was more. Faren pulled $3,000 from her blouse and $2,000 that was sewn in her bra strap. Noticing bulges in her girdle, agents patted Faren down and found $21,000 stuffed inside.

Faren had sold her house for $120,000 and was trying to carry some of the money to the Philippines because she thought it was safer, according to a federal complaint. She told authorities she hid it out of fear it was illegal to take that much cash out of the country.

She was not charged with a crime but must appear in court to try to persuade a judge not to forfeit the money.

(Reporting By Kevin Murphy)

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Comments (15)
Prox wrote:
“Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash…” Are they really “asking”?

Aug 08, 2014 7:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cs2082 wrote:
If she’s not charged with a crime then she did nothing criminal. So the money is hers and there should be no need to “convince” the judge not to confiscate it.
Just goes to show though, in todays world of financial shortages everyone wants they’re fingers in the pot.

Aug 09, 2014 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
“Stupid is as stupid does”. She could have Googled the truth about her misconceptions around carrying cash out of the country in minutes.

Aug 09, 2014 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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