Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pringles can used to smuggle cash

A CALIFORNIA man charged in a $100m (€81m) mortgage fraud investigation is accused of trying to ship a fugitive $20,000 (€16,000) -- inside a Pringles potato chip canister.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted Remy Heng (30) for cash smuggling.

Police track down granny fraudster

A 71-YEAR-OLD Russian grandmother has been issued with a restriction order by Moscow police for swindling businessmen out of more than half a million dollars.

The geriatric fraudster, named just as Svetlana, posed as an influential lobbyist with ties to Moscow's City Hall in 2007 and 2008, during which she committed the crime.

Vodka outlawed from conference

RUSSIA yesterday called time on vodka drinkers at its top economic conference, outlawing the national tipple from stands at the St Petersburg Economic Forum.

The ban comes as President Dmitry Medvedev spearheads a campaign against alcohol abuse.

Man finds school ring 27 years later

A US MAN who lost his high-school class ring 27 years ago found it right where he thought it was all along.

The owner of the Granite Hill quarry in Hallowell, Maine, is draining it to restart mining. When Jason Cottle saw a picture of the draining, he decided to go look for his ring. He found it on a ledge that would have been 35ft under the waterline -- right where he used to swim.

US Red Cross hit with €16m fine

US FEDERAL health regulators have fined the American Red Cross $16m (€13m) for sloppy screening of donated blood.

The US Food and Drug Administration said that the Red Cross failed to take precautions to assure the safety of blood donations.

Twain's tribute sold for €240,000

Mark Twain's never-published 'A Family Sketch' -- a tribute to his daughter, who died at 24 after contracting spinal meningitis -- sold at auction for $242,500 (€196,000).

The document was a tribute to Olivia "Susy" Clemens, who inspired two of his stories. Sotheby's did not identify the buyer.

Irish Independent

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