Vatican City: A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring EUR 20 million (USD 26 million) into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane.
Silverio Sica, the attorney for Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, said his client is accused of fraud, corruption and other charges stemming from the plot, which never got off the ground.
Sica told a news agency that Scarano was a middleman in the operation: Friends had asked Scarano to intervene with a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to return EUR 20 million they had given him to invest.
Sica said Scarano persuaded Carenzio to return the money, and an Italian secret service agent, Mario Zito, went to Switzerland to bring it back aboard an Italian government aircraft.
He said the plot failed because Carenzio reneged. Carenzio and Zito also were arrested.