Saturday, April 15, 2006

Finance: Psst, wanna buy a million dollar bill?

A Russian and an Armenian have been detained in Uzbekistan while trying to sell a $1 million banknote at half price.

"The counterfeit banknote was seized as it was being traded off to an Uzbek national for $500,000," said Zuraf Yuldashev, senior inspector at the Prosecutor General's Office.

The would-be buyer said the men had offered him the bill at a discount, citing an urgent need for small change.

According to finance specialists, dollar bills with a face value of 1 million are issued for interbank operations.