Monday, 14 March 2011

Nuns on the run

Here's an intriguing story: how did some nuns (sworn to poverty) end up having bin-bags of cash amounting to over £1m, and how did they come to lose it?

They have all taken the traditional vow of poverty, so police and tax inspectors in Spain want to know why the nuns at Zaragoza's Santa Lucia convent claimed that a robber had stolen €1.5m (£1.3m) in cash from them.
The nuns' unorthodox banking system, using dozens of black bin liners stuffed with high denomination euro banknotes, has made investigators suspect that the cash they handled did not come solely from the Sunday collection plate. The fact that they later changed their story to claim that the money that disappeared while they were saying their prayers a fortnight ago only amounted to €450,000 has done nothing to allay those suspicions.
God works in mysterious ways. And so does his accountant. 

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