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Man charged in fake traveler's check scheme

Posted October 13, 2009 4:32 p.m. EDT

— A Craven County man faces a charge of lying to federal investigators about a scheme to bring $200,000 in bogus traveler's checks into the U.S.

Layt Khalil Mohammad Younis, of Vanceboro, was detained at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in February after customs agents found $40,000 worth of counterfeit Visa traveler's checks on him. A friend, Munadel Mohammed Zeidan, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia with the same amount of counterfeit checks.

A federal complaint filed last month states that Younis repeatedly lied to investigators about the origin of the fake checks and why he brought them from Jordan back to the U.S. Investigators said they determined he planned to receive another $120,000 in fake checks in the mail.