History Main / ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt

25th Apr '16 8:43:11 PM FordPrefect
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* There is an urban legend of an influencial Soviet man who made a lot of money illegally and converted it to US dollars. However, thanks to his influence, the KGB couldn't even search his house for evidence. He was about to emigrate to the US, and invited many influencial friends to his going-away party, including the American ambassador. After the party, he boarded the plane and left. The KGB search his luggage and find no money. They then search his house and find a large pile of ash. Turns out he had the ambassador witness him burning all his cash and sign an official document that a certain amount of currency was indeed destroyed. All the man had to do was go to the nearest Federal Reserve bank in the States and show them the document to get his money back. (It ''is'' US government practice to replace ''provably'' destroyed currency.)

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* There is an urban legend of an influencial influential Soviet man who made a lot of money illegally and converted it to US dollars. However, thanks to his influence, the KGB couldn't even search his house for evidence. He was about to emigrate to the US, and invited many influencial influential friends to his going-away party, including the American ambassador. After the party, he boarded the plane and left. The KGB search his luggage and find no money. They then search his house and find a large pile of ash. Turns out he had the ambassador witness him burning all his cash and sign an official document that a certain amount of currency was indeed destroyed. All the man had to do was go to the nearest Federal Reserve bank in the States and show them the document to get his money back. (It ''is'' US government practice to replace ''provably'' destroyed currency.)
25th Apr '16 8:42:03 PM FordPrefect
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* This trope collided with PoorCommunicationKills during U.S. Special Forces "Robin Sage" excercise in 2002, a month long war game/ final test for graduating Green Berets where several counties of North Carolina become "The People's Republic of Pineland", complete with police and local government participation. During a traffic stop, a participating Lieutenant and Sergeant attempted to bribe the Sheriff's deputy with "Pineland Don", the official Monopoly-esque currency of the excercise, not realising that the deputy had not been briefed. This led to an escalating series of events culminating in the Lt. getting a [[EyeScream full can of mace to the face]] and a fatal gunshot wound, and the Sgt. taking two non-fatal shots in the back while attempting to run to cover with his blank-firing machine gun.

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* This trope collided with PoorCommunicationKills during U.S. Special Forces "Robin Sage" excercise in 2002, a month long war game/ final test for graduating Green Berets where several counties of North Carolina become "The People's Republic of Pineland", complete with police and local government participation. During a traffic stop, a participating Lieutenant and Sergeant attempted to bribe the Sheriff's deputy with "Pineland Don", the official Monopoly-esque currency of the excercise, exercise, not realising that the deputy had not been briefed. This led to an escalating series of events culminating in the Lt. getting a [[EyeScream full can of mace to the face]] and a fatal gunshot wound, and the Sgt. taking two non-fatal shots in the back while attempting to run to cover with his blank-firing machine gun.
26th Mar '16 9:38:23 AM nombretomado
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* Part of the evidence used to convict former South African {{Cricket}} captain Hansie Cronje of a match-fixing scandal was the fact that he was in possession of foreign money. In South Africa, it is illegal to possess foreign money unless one is travelling to or has recently arrived from a foreign country.

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* Part of the evidence used to convict former South African {{Cricket}} UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} captain Hansie Cronje of a match-fixing scandal was the fact that he was in possession of foreign money. In South Africa, it is illegal to possess foreign money unless one is travelling to or has recently arrived from a foreign country.
24th Feb '16 11:21:26 AM JBK405
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* In the Literature/XWingSeries, an evil scientist is captured by the New Republic and bargains with them, hoping to spill secrets in return for amnesty, anonymity, and half a million credits. They're the good guys, so she gets it, but the man dealing with her is a Twi'lek who deliberately infuriates her. When he takes her to Coruscant just prior to release she insists repeatedly on Imperial credits, not New Republic ones. The exchange rate's not mentioned[[note]]According to TheThrawnTrilogy by TimothyZahn (written earlier but set at a later time), as the New Republic and Empire are at war, and the Empire does not recognize the New Republic as a legitimate government, there ''is'' no official exchange rate[[/note]], but she does have a permit to carry that much. Then Coruscant security searches her, finds half a million Imperial credits, and arrests her, because that is illegal. The Twi'lek (who's also a trained lawyer) happily informs her that because she was caught [[FramingTheGuiltyParty trying to smuggle it into the capital]] the likely charge will be sedition and a mandatory life sentence, neatly preventing her from walking off and selling enemy her evil science skills under a new name. Given the fact that half a million credits is a shit load of money and Coruscant had just recently been taken by the New Republic this is a fairly legitimate crime. The Twi'lek did give her [[AreYouSureYouWantToDoThat plenty of opportunity to change her mind, though]].

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* In the Literature/XWingSeries, an evil scientist Dr. Edda Gast, a MadScientist, is captured by the New Republic and bargains with them, hoping to spill secrets offers her complete cooperation in return for amnesty, anonymity, amnesty for her crimes, a new identity, and half a million credits. They're half-a-million credits in cash. Though she promises not to return to her previous ways, everybody knows she is lying through her teeth and will return to her previous activities as soon as she is released, and the good guys, so fact that she gets it, but the man dealing with her is a Twi'lek who deliberately infuriates her. When he takes her to Coruscant just prior to release she insists repeatedly on demands Imperial credits, not New credits simply reinforces that. However, the Republic ones. The exchange rate's not mentioned[[note]]According to TheThrawnTrilogy honors their bargain, gives her the new identity and the money, and release her onto Coruscant...where she is promptly arrested by TimothyZahn (written earlier but set the customs agent at a later time), as the spaceport. Since the New Republic and the Empire are at war, and the Empire does not recognize the New Republic as a legitimate government, there ''is'' no official exchange rate[[/note]], but she does have a permit to carry that much. Then Coruscant security searches her, finds half a million Imperial credits, and arrests her, because that is illegal. The Twi'lek (who's also a trained lawyer) happily informs her that because she was caught [[FramingTheGuiltyParty trying attempting to smuggle it into the capital]] the likely charge will be sedition and a mandatory life sentence, neatly preventing her from walking off and selling enemy her evil science skills under a new name. Given the fact that half a million bring Imperial credits is a shit load of money and Coruscant had just recently been taken by into the New Republic this capital qualifies as smuggling, and since she is a fairly legitimate crime. The carrying]] ''[[FramingTheGuiltyParty so much value]]'' [[FramingTheGuiltyParty in Imperial credits the charge will actually include attempted sedition as well.]] Nawara Ven, the Twi'lek did give her lawyer from the Republic that Gast had repeatedly insulted throughout their encounters, [[AreYouSureYouWantToDoThat plenty of opportunity to change had repeatedly asked her mind, though]].if she really wanted to take the money in that fashion]], and when Gast had refused any other alternative he had stepped back and let her walk into the customs entrance.
12th Dec '15 5:23:37 PM nombretomado
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* In the XWingSeries, an evil scientist is captured by the New Republic and bargains with them, hoping to spill secrets in return for amnesty, anonymity, and half a million credits. They're the good guys, so she gets it, but the man dealing with her is a Twi'lek who deliberately infuriates her. When he takes her to Coruscant just prior to release she insists repeatedly on Imperial credits, not New Republic ones. The exchange rate's not mentioned[[note]]According to TheThrawnTrilogy by TimothyZahn (written earlier but set at a later time), as the New Republic and Empire are at war, and the Empire does not recognize the New Republic as a legitimate government, there ''is'' no official exchange rate[[/note]], but she does have a permit to carry that much. Then Coruscant security searches her, finds half a million Imperial credits, and arrests her, because that is illegal. The Twi'lek (who's also a trained lawyer) happily informs her that because she was caught [[FramingTheGuiltyParty trying to smuggle it into the capital]] the likely charge will be sedition and a mandatory life sentence, neatly preventing her from walking off and selling enemy her evil science skills under a new name. Given the fact that half a million credits is a shit load of money and Coruscant had just recently been taken by the New Republic this is a fairly legitimate crime. The Twi'lek did give her [[AreYouSureYouWantToDoThat plenty of opportunity to change her mind, though]].

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* In the XWingSeries, Literature/XWingSeries, an evil scientist is captured by the New Republic and bargains with them, hoping to spill secrets in return for amnesty, anonymity, and half a million credits. They're the good guys, so she gets it, but the man dealing with her is a Twi'lek who deliberately infuriates her. When he takes her to Coruscant just prior to release she insists repeatedly on Imperial credits, not New Republic ones. The exchange rate's not mentioned[[note]]According to TheThrawnTrilogy by TimothyZahn (written earlier but set at a later time), as the New Republic and Empire are at war, and the Empire does not recognize the New Republic as a legitimate government, there ''is'' no official exchange rate[[/note]], but she does have a permit to carry that much. Then Coruscant security searches her, finds half a million Imperial credits, and arrests her, because that is illegal. The Twi'lek (who's also a trained lawyer) happily informs her that because she was caught [[FramingTheGuiltyParty trying to smuggle it into the capital]] the likely charge will be sedition and a mandatory life sentence, neatly preventing her from walking off and selling enemy her evil science skills under a new name. Given the fact that half a million credits is a shit load of money and Coruscant had just recently been taken by the New Republic this is a fairly legitimate crime. The Twi'lek did give her [[AreYouSureYouWantToDoThat plenty of opportunity to change her mind, though]].
8th Dec '15 12:26:56 PM erforce
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* Riggs and Murtagh get on the case of the Afrikaaner villains in ''LethalWeapon 2'' after foiling an attempted "theft" (read: money laundering) and discovering that the money stolen was gold Krugerrands.

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* Riggs and Murtagh get on the case of the Afrikaaner villains in ''LethalWeapon 2'' ''Film/LethalWeapon2'' after foiling an attempted "theft" (read: money laundering) and discovering that the money stolen was gold Krugerrands.
20th Sep '15 12:28:59 AM Khathi
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** Curiously, in times when the novel took place it ''wasn't'' a crime to possess and even trade in a foreign currency,[[note]]The novel was initially set during [[TheSovietTwenties the NEP]], when a lot more economic freedom was permitted[[/note]] the regulations were tightened much later, basically only ''after'' the Stalin's death, so the guy's only real crime was basically accepting a bribe. The police finding it in dollars would only be a minor problem, adding maybe a misdemeanor to his case.
23rd Aug '15 8:56:59 AM Discar
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1st Aug '15 11:36:31 PM jormis29
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** Actually, USSR had state monopoly on currency exchange, so during [[DarkerAndEdgier darker times]] possessing foreign currency [[TruthInTelevision was a crime in itself]]. As operations with it (e.g. exchange). The "valuta" as a word creeped into Russian usage first through underground shroffs who were pursued by officials but still had basically a whole populace for a market because Rouble was (and still it, if you look at fluctuations) just not a very reliable currency and, worse yet, government regularry manipulated it on purpose to get into people's pockets. Ironically, some of the "valutchiki" - as this class of criminals was called - actually made it to banker-oligarchs after the fall of USSR.

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** Actually, USSR had state monopoly on currency exchange, so during [[DarkerAndEdgier darker times]] possessing foreign currency [[TruthInTelevision was a crime in itself]]. As operations with it (e.g. exchange). The "valuta" as a word creeped into Russian usage first through underground shroffs who were pursued by officials but still had basically a whole populace for a market because Rouble was (and still it, is, if you look at fluctuations) just not a very reliable currency and, worse yet, government regularry manipulated it on purpose to get into people's pockets. Ironically, some of the "valutchiki" - as this class of criminals was called - actually made it to banker-oligarchs after the fall of USSR.
1st Aug '15 11:24:14 AM Arcanis
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** Actually, USSR had state monopoly on currency exchange, so during [[DarkerAndEdgier darker times]] possessing foreign currency [[TruthInTelevision could be considered evidence of some crime]].

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** Actually, USSR had state monopoly on currency exchange, so during [[DarkerAndEdgier darker times]] possessing foreign currency [[TruthInTelevision could be considered evidence of was a crime in itself]]. As operations with it (e.g. exchange). The "valuta" as a word creeped into Russian usage first through underground shroffs who were pursued by officials but still had basically a whole populace for a market because Rouble was (and still it, if you look at fluctuations) just not a very reliable currency and, worse yet, government regularry manipulated it on purpose to get into people's pockets. Ironically, some crime]].of the "valutchiki" - as this class of criminals was called - actually made it to banker-oligarchs after the fall of USSR.
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