Woman car­ry­ing $335K en route to Philip­pines is held in Honolulu

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Nel­son Daran­ciang ndaran­ciang@starad­ver­tiser.com

A woman car­ry­ing $335,000 in cash aboard a pri­vate jet headed for the Philip­pines tried to leave the coun­try Tues­day with­out list­ing all of the money on her cus­toms dec­la­ra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in U.S. Dis­trict Court.

The com­plaint ac­cuses Felina S. Sali­nas of bulk cash smug­gling, a crime pun­ish­able by up to five years in prison and for­fei­ture of the cash and related prop­erty.

U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Richard L. Puglisi or­dered Sali­nas re­leased Wed­nes­day on $25,000 bond, $5,000 of which must be in cash, pend­ing fur­ther pros­e­cu­tion.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity says Sali­nas handed Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers in­spect­ing the jet at Daniel K. Inouye In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Tues­day a cur­rency re­port form on which she de­clared she was car­ry­ing $40,000 in U.S. cur­rency and 1,000 Philip­pine pe­sos. Fed­eral law re­quires trav­el­ers to de­clare cur­rency over $10,000.

When the of­fi­cers opened Sali­nas’ carry-on bag, they found stacks of $100 bills in bun­dles of black socks. Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions says the socks con­tained $335,000 in U.S. cur­rency and $9,000 in Aus­tralian dol­lars.

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