Thursday, May 21, 2009

Interpol Launches Manhunt for New Zealand Couple Who Borrowed NZ$10,000 from Bank, Received NZ$10 Million (US$6 Million), Then Ran Away With the Money

21 May 2009

This one is for Ripley's Believe It Or Not!  

The Interpol has launched an international manhunt against a New Zealand couple who applied for a NZ $10,000 loan from Westpac, the online banking firm; they were paid NZ $10,000,000 (ten million New Zealand dollars), roughly US$6.09 million, then ran away with an estimated NZ $6 million (US$3.65 million).

Although it's extremely difficult to believe that something like this could happen, here is the video clip from CNN:

My head is spinning at the utter unbelievability of this news item. Is this a joke or what?! But you've seen the video clip; the people interviewed by CNN don't seem to be acting.  Don't the people running Westpac ever heard of the word "threshold" or maybe, "internal control"?  Ugh!  
More on this incredible story when I return.

Related article:

Author's Note:  If you've read elsewhere about the amount being $7.8Million, that would be in Australian dollars.  

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