The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Vatican bank ‘fraud plot’ foiled

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Two men toting a briefcase stuffed with false bond certificat­es purportedl­y worth trillions of euro tried to bluff their way into the exclusive Vatican bank in a foiled fraud plot, Italian police said.

Financial Guard police Lt Col Davide Cardia said the would-be swindlers, who were wearing business suits, tried to convince Swiss Guards at a Vatican City gate earlier this month that “cardinals were expecting them”.

Mr Cardia told the Associated Press that the suspects, a middle-aged Dutchman and a US citizen, were detained by Vatican authoritie­s after rapid checks by Vatican officials showed they had no such appointmen­t nor connection­s.

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