Man finds money from Moldova state bank under bridge

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 8:06 AM

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan police say a man has found a sack of money bearing the logo of the state-owned Savings Bank — one of three banks from which $1.5 billion disappeared last year.

Acting police chief Gheorghe Cavaliuc says the man spotted the sack Friday under a bridge in Chisinau and informed police. Cavaliuc didn't disclose the sum of money or the currency.

Cavaliuc called it "an internal security issue" for the bank, adding that a criminal case would be filed if there was suspected wrongdoing.

Some $1.5 billion disappeared from Savings Bank, and the private banks Unibank and the Social Bank, in November 2014 before elections.

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Moldovan banks were put under Moldova National Bank's administration. According to an unpublished parliament report, some of the money was transferred to Russian banks.