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17 Feb 2012
Italian police seize $6 trillion of fake US bonds in Switzerland
The notes, which were dated 1934, were found in three safety deposit boxes in Zurich after a year-long joint investigation by Swiss and Italian authorities known as “Operation Vulcanica”. Eight people have been arrested.
Prosecutors in the southern Italian city of Potenza said that the scale of the alleged fraud posed “severe threats” to international financial stability.
The eight people under arrest are accused of counterfeiting bonds, as well as credit card forgery and usury across several Italian regions, including Lombardy in the north of the country.
Authorities had focused their initial investigations on a Sicilian living in Potenza who, according to prosecutors, was “already known for money laundering”.
The American Embassy in Rome thanked Italian authorities for the seizure of the bonds, whose alleged value equals just over a third of the entire US national debt. US authorities typically make about 100 investigations a year into allegations of counterfeiting US government bonds, which remain one of the most trusted and liquid financial assets in the world.
Chiasso Smuggling Case
On September 18, 2009, a similar incident was reported by the Italian financial military police Guardia di Finanza, this time involving two (apparently) Philippine nationalssmuggling U.S. Treasury bonds (valued at approximately $180 billion) at Malpensa Airport (the largest airport in Milan, Italy). The two were detained and the assessment of this case is on-going.
On January 26, 2011, another similar incident was reported by the Italian military police Carabinieri, this time involving six smuggling U.S. Treasury bonds (valued at approximately €20 billion and said to be counterfeit) at a highway rest stop. The six are under investigation for receiving stolen goods.
June 3, 2009 22:42:08
CHIASSO – June 3, 2009 – Border authorities here today detained two ( 2 ) Japan citizens [ i.e. Don Mitsuyoshi Watanabe (aka) Mitsuyoshi Watanabe ( http://upintelligence.multiply.com/photos/album/10#photo=80 ) and Akihiko Yamaguchi ( http://upintelligence.multiply.com/photos/album/10#photo=82 ) ] traveling by train to Switzerland with suitcase luggage equipped with a hidden bottom compartment containing 249 central bank paper certificates inscribed with “U.S. Federal Reserve Note” and “Series 1934” displaying face values of $500,000,000 million U.S. dollars each plus interest coupons [ numbered D 45184101 A and D 45184350 A ], in-addition to ten [ 10 ] other U.S. Federal Reserve Note certificate bonds believed dated during the U.S. President Kennedy Administration displaying a face value of $1,000,000,000 billion U.S. dollars each, and two [ 2 ] Japan government Series 57 bonds [ numbers: A 1306 and A 1310 ] A total of 259 United States Federal Reserve Note certificate Bonds seized totaling $134,600,000,000 billion U.S. dollars seemed bound for Switzerland.