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The 100-Million-Dollar Robbery
The thieves were both bold and cunning. Shortly
before fleeing the World Trade Center on September
11th, foreign currency managers of First Equity
Enterprises made themselves richer by 100 million
New York - Fear and chaos reigned in Southern
Manhattan that morning: smoke, fire, people
screaming, rescue vehicles, policemen. But the men
around the boss of First Equity on the 15th floor of
the World Trade Center were working fast and
precisely, feverishly clearing their customers'
accounts before leaving the building. Their bounty:
around 225 million Deutsche Mark.
These are the events, investigators in New York
think, must have taken place in the minutes prior to
the collapse of the South Tower. According to US
media reports, all of First Equity's staff managed to
leave their offices safely. However, ever since the
day of the attacks, the director and some leading
staff-members of the company founded just four years
ago, have been unaccounted for. And 105 million
dollars with them.
It was only on September 17th, as Wall Street
reopened trading, that the story of missing
investment money was discovered. According to
reports, around 1.400 investors from 14 different
countries (Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand
are among them), are among those missing their
According to the "New York Times", First
Equity Enterprises was a Clearing Company for a
currency exchange company called Evergreen
International Spot Trading. As such, it handled the
assets of Evergreen's customers and paid out cash to
The state (district?) attorney of Brooklyn, where
the company was registered, has opened an
investigation on the whereabouts of the fled managers
of First Equity.
As stated by press releases, US federal offices
were able to confiscate part of the missing money as
soon as the beginning of the month of October.
According to the "Australian Financial
Review" money magazine, an account was frozen in