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Greedy’ Man Caught Crossing Chinese Border With $580K in His Pants

Man straps dollar banknotes to legs seized in Shenzhen
Police detain a man with banknotes strapped around his legs at a checkpoint in Shenzhen city, southern China, on April 23, 2014. Wang Xu / Imaginechina via AP

A man was arrested as he attempted to smuggle $580,000 in U.S. banknotes into China on Wednesday.

The man had the cash — much of it in $100 bills — strapped around his legs and in a bag when he was detained crossing from Hong Kong to the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The man, reported only by the surname Chen, told interrogators he was going to use the money to buy a house. When asked why he had not used a bank to transfer the sum, which would have incurred a fee, he said: "I was quite greedy, people are always greedy."

Travelers entering China are generally allowed to carry a maximum of $10,000 in foreign currency.

Man straps dollar banknotes to legs seized in Shenzhen
Police spread out $580,000 in cash that was found on a man, seated left, as he tried to cross the border from Hong Kong into mainland China on Wednesday. Wang Xu / Imaginechina via AP

— The Associated Press contributed to this report