According to the governor’s office, Turkish security authorities recovered $1 billion in counterfeit money in Istanbul and detained six persons engaged in the operation, including one Ghanian and three Swedish nationals.
The suspects were traced down to a storage facility in Istanbul’s Kagithane area, where they seized the bogus $100 notes destined for African countries, according to the office.
The suspects’ residences were raided, and their cash and jewels were seized. The consulates of Sweden and Ghana were alerted.
According to the governor’s office, the counterfeit seizure was the greatest in Turkey’s history.