Vatican Accountant, Former Spy Arrested for Smuggling Millions

June 28, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Vatican accountant Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested by Italian authorities for helping to plot the smuggling of nearly $27 million from Italy to Switzerland, it was reported.

Scarano, 61, had worked as a senior accountant for the Vatican’s financial administration. He was arrested along with an Italian secret service agent and another a financial broker, reported ABC News.

They plotted to sneak in bags containing the millions in cash.

Scarano was accused of fraud, slander, and corruption, serving as the middle-man in flying the cash from Switzerland to Italy. He was suspended from his Vatican job last month after allegations of money laundering surfaced.

He was suspended “for over a month, as soon as his superiors were informed that he was under investigation,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Catholic Herald Online.

On Friday, the Vatican pledged to cooperate “fully” with Italian investigators.