Argentine Thieves Rob $91,000 In President's Cash Before Trip, Clarin Says

Argentine thieves riding motorcycles stole $91,000 in dollars and euros that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner planned to take with her on a trip to the Middle East today, Clarin newspaper reported, without saying how it obtained the information.

The thieves grabbed the cash from a government worker who was carrying the bills in a backpack and fled on their motorcycles, the Buenos Aires newspaper reported. The money was to be used for presidential plane expenses during Fernandez’s trip to Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, Clarin said.

Officials at the press office in Argentina’s presidential palace said they couldn’t confirm the report when contacted by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Drew Benson in Buenos Aires at abenson9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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