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Offlinewingnutx
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FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested
    #1482570 - 04/22/03 03:55 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

GIS ARRESTED IN $1M SWAG SNAG

By JONATHAN FOREMAN
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BOOTY-FUL:
The Post's Jonathan Foreman holds $100,000 in each hand from a box that Army soldiers found in a Baghdad cottage. Four GIs from the 64th Armored face court-martials for allegedly stealing some of the loot.

April 22, 2003 --

EXCLUSIVE


FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested for trying to steal nearly $1 million of the $700 million in cold cash found hidden on the grounds of several estates in Baghdad, Army officials said yesterday.



The four enlisted men, who all belong to the 4th Battalion of the 64th Armored Division, face court-martials, said Maj. Kent Rideout.

The mountain of loot uncovered by U.S. forces on Friday apparently was left behind by top Ba'ath Party members and senior Republican Guard commanders who fled Baghdad.

It has been taken to the U.S.-controlled Baghdad Airport for safekeeping and will be returned to the Iraqi people, officials have said.

"You can understand how the greed took over, when just one wad of this cash can pay off your mortgage, send your kids to school, etcetera," one senior officer told The Post.

Three of the arrested GIs, members of an engineering unit attached to the 4th Battalion, are accused of skimming $600,000 of the war booty. They stashed it in a tree near a cottage where they and other members of their unit discovered 37 steel boxes, each containing $4 million in $100 bills.

"They must have made a split-second decision," said a senior officer.

The fourth busted GI, who had been assigned to drive some of the confiscated cash-filled strongboxes to brigade headquarters, is accused of swiping $300,000 and hiding it in a bag, a cooler and a glove box in his Hemmt cargo truck.

The glove box was the first place MPs would look for wayward loot, an officer noted.

Sources said suspicions were aroused when officials found one of the strongboxes had been opened - even though it hadn't been necessary to check its contents because all the boxes were identical in size and weight to those found earlier.

The names of the four GIs were not disclosed last night. Further arrests are not expected, according to Rideout.

An officer said the brigade feared the thefts would overshadow their discovery of the huge hoard of money.

The stashed cash was discovered Friday by two sergeants looking for a chainsaw to cut branches near their new headquarters in the city's palace district noticed a small cottage with cinderblock walls barricading its doors and windows.

When the GIs broke through the walls, they found dozens of steel boxes - with stacks of $100 bills neatly bundled in $100,000 increments.

Other cottages were checked - and other stashes were found. The total amount of cash was estimated at $700 million.


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Offlinewingnutx
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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1482576 - 04/22/03 03:56 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

dumbasses. that would be mighty tempting, I admit.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1482586 - 04/22/03 03:58 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Having that much cash at your fingertips must be damn tempting.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1482646 - 04/22/03 04:16 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

good they deserve it. I'm not sure if i could fight the temptation but it's not their money so i say bust em and bust em hard.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1482653 - 04/22/03 04:17 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Wow, they should make a movie about that.

:grin: 


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: hongomon]
    #1482666 - 04/22/03 04:20 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Nah, nobody would ever make a movie about GIs stealing from the enemy.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1482784 - 04/22/03 04:44 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested for trying to steal nearly $1 million of the $700 million in cold cash 




Well, they were idiots. First I would never be part of a group plan and secondly I would have found a nice safe place to stash the cash for a long period of time. I would prefer to have a half million 5 years from now than none and a jail term now.  :tongue:

 


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: hongomon]
    #1482890 - 04/22/03 05:09 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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Wow, they should make a movie about that.




Ever seen Three Kings?


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: z@z.com]
    #1482931 - 04/22/03 05:18 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Ever see "Kelly's Heros"?


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: hongomon]
    #1482986 - 04/22/03 05:31 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

>Wow, they should make a movie about that.

Three Kings.
It's a movie about 4 guys who were fighting in desert storm. They find millions of dollars in gold from Sadam's stash, and they take it. It's a really good movie, george cloony and ice cube is in it.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: TheShroomHermit]
    #1483156 - 04/22/03 06:42 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I think some of you didn't pick up on the sarcasm. :smirk: It's pretty lame that these folks would try to do this,  but this story is as old as the one of war.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1483177 - 04/22/03 06:51 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

but it's not their money

True enough, but whose is it? And by whose authority (other than might) will the funds be distributed?


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: Swami]
    #1483284 - 04/22/03 07:19 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Thats what I was thiniking. I mean shit, if Uncle Sam is just going to stuff that into his pockets i would have no problems swiping the cash if i was a soldier.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: TheCaptain]
    #1483318 - 04/22/03 07:29 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

They'll need every bit of that for things like water purification, electricity, medicine, etc...

It's the Iraqi's money, and it'll go into their infrastructure.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: wingnutx]
    #1483340 - 04/22/03 07:34 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

They'll need every bit of that for things like water purification, electricity, medicine, etc...

It's the Iraqi's money, and it'll go into their infrastructure.




The hell it will... The army will be skimming from that pile till its gone, they will say that its retribution for past loans and such not paid back by Sadam or something... Thats IF anyone ever asks about it.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1483580 - 04/22/03 08:42 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Don't you have to take a vow of poverty to become a soldier?  :smirk:


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: I_Fart_Blue]
    #1484483 - 04/23/03 12:09 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I've heard plenty of WW II stories about soldiers keeping valuables...hey man, that's the spoils of war. There was a story about it in Reader's Digest a month or so ago...A guy hid millions worth of diamonds he and a friend took from somewhere in WW II. I read another story in my local paper of a guy that took one of Hitler's personal silver trays from one of his hide-aways that was all engraved and shit.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: z@z.com]
    #1484826 - 04/23/03 01:56 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Three Kings had 4 soldiers steal gold from Kuwait. Not the enemy. Not that it matters.

I liked the scene where the Iraqi makes the American soldier drink crude oil. "there's your stability', he says


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1485298 - 04/23/03 06:56 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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Don't you have to take a vow of poverty to become a soldier?




ha..you'd think so. I think i made about $1000.00 a month when i was in the army. with a whopping $110 for "danger pay"...i could retire too.


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Re: FOUR sticky-fingered GIs have been arrested [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1485697 - 04/23/03 12:20 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I get about $200 per month as a reservist. If I went active I'd make like 25k per year. You get paid by time in and your rank. I have 8 years so far.


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