Man arrested with $12 million in phony checks
DETROIT -- A Jordanian-born man carrying $12 million in phony cashier's checks was arrested at the Detroit airport and is being investigated by a terrorism task force, federal authorities said.
Omar Shishani, 47, was charged with possessing fraudulent bank notes. A bail hearing Friday was postponed to give his attorney more time to prepare.
Shishani lives in Dearborn and identified himself at his arraignment Thursday as a naturalized U.S. citizen. Federal prosecutor Eric Straus said Shishani was born in Jordan and is of Chechen descent.
The U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Task Force, made up of federal and state authorities in the Detroit area, is investigating.
A customs inspector found nine checks believed to be counterfeit after Shishani arrived Wednesday on a flight from Indonesia, according to court papers.