And some Normans couldn't conquer their greed
Regional daily Paris Normandie
reported on Monday that the three men were levelling the ground around a
house prior to building an extension when they found the stash hidden
in glass jars.
The booty, which prosecutors believe had laid
buried and forgotten since the Second World War, included sixteen gold
bars weighing a kilogramme each, and some 600 gold $20 coins dating from
between 1924 and 1927, each weighing 33 grammes.
Aesop (the first European economist) told us that avidity overreaches itself
to Normandy prosecutors, they spirited the bars and coins away from the
property and started selling the booty to a local coin dealer after “a
period of reflection”.
But one of them slipped up when he paid a
massive 270,000 euro cheque into his bank account, a transaction that
was picked up by France’s tax authorities who investigated immediately.
to the report, police confiscated a Land Rover, a Citroen DS3, a
Peugeot 3008 and a Suzuki GSR motorbike, along with hundreds of
thousands of euros.
We'd be interested in knowing how $20 gold coins--presumably Americain
--came to be buried in France.
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