Ge­or­gians caught with $90,000 of stolen cash in un­der­wear: Myan­mar po­lice

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Two Ge­or­gian men were busted in a Myan­mar air­port with $90,000 of stolen cash hid­den in their un­der­wear which they had swiped from a lo­cal money changer, po­lice said on 22 April.

Of­fi­cers said the mid­dle-aged men, iden­ti­fied as Jan­j­gava Revas, 64, and Nar­ma­nia Malk­haz, 51, had made off with the money from a cur­rency ex­change of­fice on Fri­day in Yan­gon, Myan­mar’s largest city. “They were found at the Yan­gon air­port with the $90,000 in their un­der­wear,” said a state­ment posted on Yan­gon po­lice’s of­fi­cial Face­book page.

“They will have to face trial,” an of­fi­cer told AFP on Satur­day, adding that the men were be­ing held in the city’s main prison.The duo al­legedly duped the money changer into giv­ing them the $90,000 be­fore they had handed over the equiv­a­lent amount in Myan­mar kyat.“They told me they would come back with the Myan­mar kyat,” Zaw Win, the owner of the ex­change of­fice, told AFP.He said the Ge­or­gians, who were in Myan­mar on tourist visas, left be­hind a case that they claimed con­tained the US dol­lars he had doled out for them and promis­ing to re­turn shortly.But when he opened the case 10 min­utes later Zaw Win re­al­ized the men had taken off with most of the money -- the stacks of cash left in­side the case were mostly one dol­lar bills.

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