Navy Probes SEALs Over Missing Pirate Money

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2009 12:43 PM CDT
The USS Bainbridge, which hosted the SEAL snipers who killed the pirates holding the Maersk captain hostage.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Navy is questioning the crew of the Maersk Alabama and members of its own SEAL unit about $30,000 that went missing from the hijacked cargo ship, the New York Post reports. The money was taken by the pirates during the hijacking attempt but was not recovered after they were killed or captured. “We don't comment on the details of an ongoing investigation,” said a spokesman from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

“The captain opened the safe and took approximately $30,000 in cash,” the FBI said in a  criminal complaint. The “pirates then took the cash.” The FBI also asserts that the ringleader, who was captured before a SEAL team took out his comrades, “handed out some of the approximately $30,000 in cash from the Maersk Alabama to the other pirates.” The NCIS investigation is ongoing. (Read more Somalia stories.)