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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Those $134 Billion in Fake Bearer Bonds

by Calculated Risk on 6/18/2009 03:00:00 PM

Some mid-day amusement ...

This was funny ... I never posted on this, because it was pretty clear there wasn't any real story. Maybe the post should be titled: "How some blogs were snookered!"

But a false bottom in a suitcase?

From Dow Jones: US Says Seized 'Treasury Bonds' Are Not The Real Thing

A cache of what appeared to be around $135 billion of U.S. bonds seized at the Italian-Swiss border is, in fact, worthless, a Treasury Department spokesman said.

Two alleged Japanese citizens were stopped by Italian authorities June 4 trying to cross into Switzerland with the supposed bonds, hidden in the false bottom of a suitcase, the authorities said.