Washington Post: In Argentina, an $800,000 Puzzle

By Monte Reel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, August 10, 2007; A09

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 9 — Days after authorities discovered a suitcase full of nearly $800,000 that had been taken on a private airplane carrying Argentine and Venezuelan officials, one of those officials has resigned and suspicions of a government scandal have grown.

A Venezuelan businessman was detained at a Buenos Aires airport Saturday when customs officials found $790,550 in undeclared cash in his luggage. The incident preceded Monday’s arrival here of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, leading to questions about the possibility of a link between the businessman and the Venezuelan or Argentine governments.

© 2007 The Washington Post Company
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