Windjammer Street is a fairly innocuous road out in the vast westside suburbs. Who knew one of those homes was hiding a huge counterfeiting operation?
The intercepted a package from Nigeria at a DHL hub in Kentucky addressed to a Eddie Wrobiv on Windjammer here in Houston. Since the package contained almost $748,000 in counterfeit cashier's checks and money orders, they decided to take delivery of it off of DHL's hands.
An undercover fed dressed up as a DHL deliveryman, knocked on the door of one James E. Brown, 54, and asked if he was Eddie Wrobiv and was expecting a package.
Unfortunately for Brown, he said. "yes." Wrong answer.
Says the U.S. Attorney's office:
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Brown accepted delivery, taking the package into his house.
Thereafter, ICE agents executed a search warrant at the residence, found Brown, the $747,990 contained in the original package and $1.8 million worth of alleged counterfeit monetary instruments, ledgers, check writing software, check paper, a commercial printer, western union receipts and three computers.
What, you expect a man to just go out and earn $2.5 million when he's got the stuff to print it right there? You ask too much, fed man.
Brown was taken into court yesterday and is being held in federal custody pending a hearing tomorrow.
If a bond is set, we'd be very careful about taking any cashier's checks from it if we were the bondsman.