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Government official dumps suitcases stuffed with $10 million at church

By Mason White 2:49 AM June 16, 2016
The seized cash 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A government official was arrested on a charge of money laundering after being caught dumping millions of dollars at a church to the surprise of priests and nuns, according to police in Argentina.

Buenos Aires police said that they have arrested Deputy Public Works Minister Jose Lopez, after being accused of dumping suitcases stuffed with $10 million at the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic monastery.

According to the police, nuns at the church called 911 to report that a man tossed suitcases over a fence. Within minutes of the call, police arrested Lopez.

Lopez told the nuns that he had planned to donate the money to the church. The suitcases were confiscated by the police, and they were found to contain $10 million in different currencies.

The cash was in dollars, euros, yen and Qatar. Lopez had a rifle with him when he was arrested. He tried to bribe one of the officers, but was rejected.

The officers confiscated six watches, including a Rolex, Omega, and Tommy Hilfiger.