As has been reported in various media outlets on a consistent basis,
Peru has been known for several years as the counterfeiting capital of
the world. One report attributed to it as much as 17 percent of the
counterfeit currency in the United States.
At least some of the activity has now come to an end. On Nov. 17 the
Secret Service announced the success of the largest seizure of
counterfeit currency in the history of the agency.
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Called Operation Sunset, it was the culmination of a
global investigation involving six Peruvian-based criminal
organizations. On Nov. 15, 2016, the Peruvian government, along with
U.S. Secret Service agents, executed 54 pre-dawn search and arrest
warrants in Lima. More than 1,500 Peruvian National Police officers
were involved in the operation, and 48 people were arrested in all.
The Secret Service said that $30 million in counterfeit Federal
Reserve notes and €50,000 in euro notes were discovered, six
counterfeit plants were suppressed, eight counterfeit manufacturing
presses seized, and over 1,600 printing plates and negatives of
varying denominations were found.
“The Peruvian government has become a valuable partner in our
efforts to combat counterfeit currency,” said Secret Service Director
“Protecting the nation’s financial infrastructure is a vital
component of our integrated mission of protection and investigations,”
The U.S. Secret Service opened a resident office in Lima in an
effort to combat the widespread counterfeiting and to offer support
and training to the National Police. An anti-Counterfeiting Task Force
was created and Peruvian officers were trained at Secret Service