Priest Disguises Gold Bars as Chocolate to Evade Customs Duty
Customs officials at Cochin International Airport in India fined a priest last week for attempting to evade paying taxes on 300 grams of gold by disguising it as chocolate.
The Catholic priest, 59, was traveling to India from a parish in Switzerland, where he had been working. He brought with him three 100-gram gold ingots, which were wrapped up to look like bars of Swiss chocolate, The Local reported. He attempted to walk through customs without declaring the $12,000 worth of gold.
Customs agents noticed the priest acting suspiciously, so they inspected his bags and found the contraband.
The priest was not arrested, but he was fined about $1,200 — the normal 10 percent customs duty. Officials are looking into whether the priest has been involved in other instances of smuggling gold, according to The Hindu.