Vatican Official Arrested in Corruption Plot
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano sought return of $26M via Italian government plane
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2013 3:23 AM CDT
This file photo shows a building, left, which hosts the Vatican bank, inside the Vatican.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

(Newser) – A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring $26 million into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane. Silverio Sica, attorney for Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, said his client is accused of fraud, corruption, and other charges stemming from the plot, which never got off the ground. Sica told the AP that Scarano was a middleman in the operation.

Friends had asked Scarano to intervene with a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to return $26 million they had given him to invest, Sica said; Scarano persuaded Carenzio to return the money, and an Italian secret service agent, Mario Zito, went to Switzerland to bring it back aboard an Italian government aircraft. He said the plot failed because Carenzio reneged. Carenzio and Zito also were arrested.

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BinThereDunThat
Jun 28, 2013 11:11 PM CDT
Pope Francis better watch out. He wants to crack down on criminal activities in the Vatican. They may have to elect a new Pope due to the untimely death of Francis. Greedy men don't like their money messed with. :(
HANKHILL
Jun 28, 2013 11:07 PM CDT
this is not a story it is a joke. dude just getting pals money back with a bit of help from god!!!!! now all we have to do is get god to help us get the money obama took from us!
Spudsy
Jun 28, 2013 7:21 PM CDT
Mess with money, go to jail. Mess with the children, nothing to see here, move along.