Yemeni Man Busted Trying To Smuggle $770K In Cash Through JFK Airport

He’s Mr. Moneybags.

A Yemeni man was busted at Kennedy Airport trying to smuggle more than $770,000 in cash out of the country, authorities said Tuesday. The stash was hidden in boxes of soap, Band-Aids, Thera-Flu, Splenda and Alka-Seltzer.

Abdulkarim Altareb was questioned before boarding a Qatar Airlines flight to Doha and claimed to have $6,500 in cash. But when customs officers looked inside his two suitcases, they hit the jackpot.

Altareb said the money belonged to his brothers and was for construction in Yemen, the complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court said. He was held without bail.

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