Italian customs officials have recently stopped two Japanese men at the Italian-Swiss border carrying United States bonds worth $134 billion hidden in their suitcase.
This has been labeled asÂ "either the biggest smuggling operation in history or a fraud of equally impressive proportions."
According to theÂ official police statement, "the men's luggage included 249 government bonds worth $500 million and 10 so-called Kennedy bonds, each worth a billion dollars."
Italian officials are still checking the authenticity of the bonds.
The German Spiegel writesÂ thatÂ if the bondsÂ "turn out to be authentic, Italy is set for a windfall. According to theÂ Italian law, the state could fine the men 40 percent of the seized money,"Â which comes toÂ $53 billion!?!