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article imageMan with $70 million check is former head of Iran's central bank

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 3, 2013 in World
Berlin - AP is reporting that a man German customs caught on Jan. 21, carrying in his luggage a check of 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars ($70 million) issued by the Bank of Venezuela has been confirmed to be Tahmasb Mazaheri, 59, former head of Iran's central bank
AP reports that according to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, he was caught at the Dusseldorf Airport upon his arrival from Turkey with a check issued from the Bank of Venezuela. Tahmasb Mazaheri was the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran between 2007 and 2008.
He may face a fine for not declaring the check at the customs. He told officials he was carrying less than 10,000 euros, about US$13,644, according to CTV News, the threshold of sum that travelers are required to declare. He faces a fine of up to 1 million euros (US$ 1.4 million), CTV News reports.
According AP, the German authorities are investigating possible money laundering in the connection with the check.
Iran's embassy in German has reportedly not reacted to the incident
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