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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 1, 2018

Canadian Woman Sentenced For Smuggling Thousands Of Dollars At The Peace Bridge

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:      (716) 843-5817
FAX #:         (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Liliya Dzyuba, 42, a Ukraine National and citizen of Canada, who was convicted of bulk cash smuggling, was sentenced to time served by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that on January 25, 2018, the defendant attempted to enter the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry. During her primary inspection, Dzyuba stated that she was traveling with $5,000 in U.S. Currency. The defendant signed the CBP Customs Declaration Form indicating that she was not carrying over $10,000. During a secondary inspection, CBP Officers told Dzyuba that she was going to be patted down and was asked again if she had any additional money on her. The defendant then admitted that she was carrying $35,000.00 around her waist and hidden in her pants. Dzyuba was searched and officers recovered four black zipper pouches concealed around her waist, which contained a total of $37,000. In addition, $5,373 was found in the defendant’s wallet, for a total amount of $42,373.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy.

Updated June 4, 2018