Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Strange Inconsistencies in the $134.5 Billion Bearer Bond Mystery (J. S. Kim)

An intriguing article by J.S. Kim on the $134.5 billion in bonds that showed up at the Italy / Switzerland border:

Here’s yet another huge financial story that has been virtually blacked out by the US financial media. Although on the surface, this story appears to be a non-event, if we consider some of the released facts about this case, you will understand why I consider it to be a huge story. On June 8th, the Asia News reported the following story:

“Italy’s financial police (Guardia italiana di Finanza) has seized US bonds worth US 134.5 billion from two Japanese nationals at Chiasso (40 km from Milan) on the border between Italy and Switzerland. They include 249 US Federal Reserve bonds worth US$ 500 million each, plus ten Kennedy bonds and other US government securities worth a billion dollars each. Italian authorities have not yet determined whether they are real or fake, but if they are real the attempt to take them into Switzerland would be the largest financial smuggling operation in history; if they are fake, the matter would be even more mind-boggling because the quality of the counterfeit work is such that the fake bonds are undistinguishable from the real ones.”

Here are just a few fascinating facts about this case (at least they are being reported as “facts” at this current time):

(1) Though the smugglers have been identified in the press as “Japanese nationals” there has yet to be any confirmation if the smugglers were indeed Japanese or of some other ethnicity. How difficult is it to confirm the ethnicity of the smugglers and why is this information being kept secret?

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Jeremiah Whitmoore said...

If all you care about is money, this story is for you. However, I doubt your personal assets are involved in this enterprise.

Minnesota Chris said...

No, my personal assets weren't in those briefcases, but the situation is very peculiar nonetheless, and it doesn't bode well for the economy no matter how this thing turns out.