Skip to comments.Man Found With $70 Million Check Was Iranian Central Bank Chief
Posted on 02/03/2013 9:05:20 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
A previously unidentified man who was caught attempting to enter Germany last month with a check worth about $70 million in his baggage has now been named.
On Sunday, the German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported the well-heeled mystery man was the former head of Irans central bank, Tahmasb Mazaheri, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, the German customs agency issued a statement saying that on Jan. 21, its officials at the Duesseldorf International Airport found the check for 300 million Venezuelan bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela in the luggage of an unidentified 59-year-old man.
Mazaheri was governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran between 2007 and 2008, according to the bank's online site.
Bild am Sonntag reported that German authorities are investigating possible money laundering in the connection with the check, AP said.
Idiot! He should have minted a $70 million platinum coin instead. They never check your change!
Dang! I got an email from this guy, telling me I could split 70 Million if I gave him my checking account number.
How thoroughly did they search to find a piece of paper? I’m impressed (with their intelligence sources more likely than their thoroughness).
Hugo Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and European bankers. Nothing to see here.
Was it signed by Alredo E. Neuman?
Piker. I could write a check right now for twice that amount.
Ahhh.. LMAO, thanks!! But I have to ask... Are we talking about a check?? Should I declare the limits on all my credit cards now?
Uh-huh. Good luck with that.
Sheesh, does he realize how much Jimmy G's would charge him for cashing it?
Wow, imagine getting $70 million in Fiesta Food coupons!