Big fake money bust

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 12:17:47-05

(NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A couple traveling from South Korea is accused of trying to smuggle about $ 4.65 million in fake money into the United States.

U-S Customs and Border Patrol officers  found the funny money Friday as the couple from Vietnam arrived at Detroit Metro Airport.

According to federal agents, the couple attempted to import the counterfeit bills and Vietnamese Dong into the U-S and burn it as an offering to the deceased.

“Hell money," as it is called, is meant to resemble legal tender, and is common in the Vietnamese culture.

Agents say because the Vietnamese couple never tried to spend the money, they were not arrested and allowed to continue on their travels.