Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently
attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a
Geneva branch of UBS Group AG.
The first 500-euro ($597) bills were discovered several months
ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of
safe deposit boxes, according to a report in Tribune de Geneve
confirmed by the city prosecutor’s office. A few days later,
more banknotes turned up in toilets at three nearby
restaurants, requiring thousands of francs in plumbing repairs
to unclog the pipes.
In all, police have extracted tens of thousands of euros in soiled
bills, many of which appear to have been cut with scissors.
While destroying banknotes isn’t a crime in Switzerland, “there
must be something behind this story,” said Henri Della Casa, a
spokesman for the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office. “That’s why we
started an investigation.”
I can’t figure out an angle on this one.