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Police sniff out $10 mln buried in garlic field

12 april 2011, 13:42
RIA Novosti©
RIA Novosti©
South Korean police have sniffed out a total of 11 billion won ($10.1 million) in cash buried in remote garlic fields and have confiscated the haul, AFP reports citing officers.

TV footage showed plastic containers brimming with jaw-dropping wads of cash being excavated one after another in the southwestern city of Gimje.

Two brothers who had made the money from an illegal Internet gambling operation asked their brother-in-law surnamed Lee to hide the cash as police began closing in on them, media reports said.

One brother is now in jail while the other is still at large.

Lee, 53, bought the garlic field and buried the cash at dusk or dawn, pretending to be working on the land. But he later dug up about 400 million won and spent it, without telling the brothers he had helped himself.

Because one brother was about to be released from jail, Lee allegedly tried to blame the lost cash on an excavator operator working on the land. But the operator reported the case to police who unearthed the buried bonanza.

Police said Tuesday they are seeking an arrest warrant for Lee.

News media said the case underscored the need to crack down on widespread illegal online gambling sites which are based offshore.

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