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Woman accused of smuggling cash in bras out on bail

06/13/2013 06:15 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT
A Canadian woman U.S. border agents say had $59,000 sewn into her and her daughter's bras has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

That means if Moura El-Asmar, 51, doesn't appear for her next court date she will owe the U.S. government $10,000. She is scheduled to appear in July.

She was permitted to return to Canada.

Under the conditions of her bond, El-Asmar:

- Surrendered her Lebanese and Canadian passports.

- Cannot apply for any new passports.

- Was ordered to report to "pre-trial services."

In a complaint filed in U.S. Federal Court, border agents allege El-Asmar hid $39,000 in bags sewn into her bra and an additional $20,000 in bags sewn into her 16-year-old daughter's bra. Officers also claim they found found approximately $15,000 Cdn and $300 US in her purse and other personal items, according to the complaint.

U.S. laws states that anyone entering the country must disclose cash amounts greater than $10,000.

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