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Former Vatican Official Charged With Money Laundering

FILE - An undated photo of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano in Salerno, Italy.
FILE - An undated photo of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano in Salerno, Italy.
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A former Vatican monsignor on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle $26 million from Switzerland to Italy has been further charged with using his Vatican accounts to launder money.

The lawyer for Nunzio Scarano says his client is suspected of money laundering and making false statements. He is already being tried for the alleged plot to move millions of dollars in what police say were "false donations" to charity from offshore companies. They say the money was routed into his accounts at the Vatican bank on its intended path to a group of Italian shipbuilders.

Scarano, who is in poor health, is being held under house arrest in Salerno, in southern Italy.

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by: Theodore Ekwaki from: South Africa
January 21, 2014 4:14 PM
The accusations against the high ranking Vatican official shows how the catholic church is been and subject of many scandals .involving many priests .it show some how the lack of confidence that people have on romaine catholic church

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