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Tax probe launched after Spanish nuns claim thieves took bin bags stuffed with €1.5million

Now police also want to know exactly what they were doing keeping so many €500 notes in bin bags.

The convent at Zaragoza
The convent at Zaragoza

A GROUP OF Spanish nuns have attracted the attentions of police and tax inspectors, after they claimed that €1.5 million they’d been storing in bin liners was stolen from their convent.

The Guardian reports that the nuns at Zaragoza’s Santa Lucia convent claim the money, which they’d been keeping in €500 notes stored in a locked cupboard, was taken while they were at mass.

But if police were mildly suspicious about what the nuns were doing with so many €500 notes, the alarm bells really started ringing when the sisters revised their initial complaint and said that in fact only €450,000 had been taken.

The sixteen Cistercians, who specialise in book restoration, and whose lawyers claim the money came from “a lifetime of saving”, insist they were planning to distribute some of it to other convents in financial difficulty.

Learn more about the nuns at their website >

Read the Guardian’s story on the tax probe >

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