Vatican monsignor 'laundered millions'
A FORMER Vatican official nicknamed 'Monsignor 500' for his habit of flashing a wallet stuffed with €500 banknotes has been charged with laundering millions of euro through the Vatican bank, police in Italy have said.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who is already on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle €20m into Italy, was served with an arrest warrant for money laundering and making false statements at his home in Salerno, southern Italy, where he is currently under house arrest.
Police said they had seized property and financial assets amounting to some €6.5m, including the former Vatican accountant's apartment in Salerno, a 17-room home filled with artworks.
Two other people - a notary and Father Luigi Noli, a former aide to the 61-year-old prelate - were charged with the same offences.
A total of 52 other people were under investigation, the authorities said.
Mgr Scarano is being tried in Rome for allegedly conspiring to smuggle funds from Switzerland with the help of a financier and a former secret services officer, on behalf of a wealthy shipbuilding family in his native Salerno. (©Daily Telegraph, London)