American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Funny Money: The Fight of the US Secret Service Against Counterfeit Money

New York City, 1988

In 1988 in New York City, the Secret Service cracked the largest counterfeiting ring in US history. A group of 85 people was arrested for counterfeiting over $100 million in currency. Over several years, Special Agents James J. Figliuolo, Joseph Russo, and others worked on this case from the New York Field Office, then located at 6 World Trade Center. Some of the evidence from the investigation survived and is shown here for the first time in public.

The material documents how the Special Agents set up an elaborate operation, which covered locations and criminals from Colombia, Mexico, Florida, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.