For a story that could be ripped from a John Le Carre novel, we have a strange case coming from the Italian-Swiss border.
Two fifty-ish men, thought to be Japanese, said they had nothing to declare at Chiasso Italy before traveling on to Switzerland. The Italian Financial Police decided to investigate more thoroughly and got a real big surprise. In a false bottom of some luggage were found United States bearer bonds. Not a piddling few oh no. Try $134 billion US worth, 249 in a $500million denomination. Never seen a Kennedy, but I bet 99.9% of the world has not either. The police also found assorted bank documents.
Right now Italy and various law enforcement agencies are tying to find out a few things. Are the two men Japanese citizens. Are the bonds real or forged. It seems the bonds bear an issue date of 1934 like a previous case of forged US bonds. Where did these bonds come from and who has the printing press?
The investigation is proceeding and I earnestly hope some hard answers are found.