DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Federal agents are reminding the public that anyone entering the U.S. from another country must report cash exceeding $10,000.

It’s not illegal to enter the U.S. with more than $10,000, but there can be trouble if it’s not disclosed. The rule extends to checks or other monetary instruments.

The government says it has seized more than $5 million since October at Michigan border entries, up 24 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Just last week, a 51-year-old Canadian woman and her 16-year-old daughter were detained at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel where customs and border officers found $59,000 sewn into their bras.

Officials say it’s possible in some cases to get the money back, but it can involve months of litigation.

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