BUSINESS MAN SMUGGLES FAKE DIAMOND
Wednesday March 3rd, 2010
When an Angolan Businessman was caught by customs officers trying to smuggle a ‘blood diamond’ he was expecting to be locked up for a good few years. As it happened the huge gemstone turned out to be a fake. Instead of being worth the estimated £2.2mil he expected it was worth around £18.
Because he had not actually carried out the crime he thought he had the man was subsequently released without charge. But Frankfurt Airport customs officer, Juergen Bland, reported that despite being free the man didn’t seem particularly happy.
“Everyone was surprised. Especially the person who had been carrying it. He thought it was worth millions but has been released because, despite what he thought, he wasn't actually doing anything illegal,' he said. 'Our understanding is that he paid a substantial amount for the worthless trinket - we think it may have been switched after he had examined the real gem or else he didn't check properly what he was buying.'
Following the court case, Prosecutor Doris Moeller-Scheu, said, 'Instead of losing his freedom he's lost a fortune – it’s like they say - crime doesn't pay.'
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