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Can We Have the Reward?

Mar 5, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 24 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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The U.S. government is still advertising for tips that would lead to the arrest of fugitive financier Marc Rich. At the website of the International Broadcasting Bureau (www.ibb.gov/fugitives/richica.htm) you can find the wanted poster reproduced at right. It reads as follows:


DESCRIPTION: Born in Antwerp, Belgium, on December 18, 1934, Rich is a white male, 177 centimeters in height, weighing between 72 and 81 kilograms. He has thinning black hair and brown eyes. He speaks French, German, and English. He has citizenship in the U.S., Spain, and Israel. His last known address was Himmelrich 28, 63340 Barr, Zug, Switzerland.


Rich has traveled extensively in recent years to Jamaica, Portugal, Britain, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Israel. He is usually accompanied by two body guards.


CASE DETAILS: Tehran, Iran, November 4, 1979. Iranian militants invade the U.S. Embassy. For the next fourteen months, they hold fifty-three Americans hostage. Thousands of Iranians march through the streets, chanting, "Death to America!" But one American quickly becomes popular with the new government in Tehran.


In April, 1980, Marc David Rich conspired with the Iranian government to purchase over six million barrels of oil, in violation of the trade embargo imposed against Iran by the United States. The payments were made fraudulently through American banks and the illegal use of American telecommunications facilities.


On September 19, 1983, Rich was indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on more than fifty counts of wire fraud, racketeering, trading with the enemy, and evading more than forty-eight million dollars in income taxes. Rich was in Zug, Switzerland, at the time of the indictment but refused to surrender to U.S. authorities for trial.


The U.S. will pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Marc David Rich. If you have information concerning Rich, you should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. guarantees that all reports will be investigated and all information will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the U.S. is prepared to protect informants by relocating them.


THE SCRAPBOOK is prepared to tell the U.S. government everything we know about Marc Rich's whereabouts. We hear, for instance, that Mr. Rich has had a number of dealings with former president Bill Clinton and his former aides. What's more, according to a Reuters dispatch last week, Rich was planning a party for his friends with the theme "Night in Las Vegas" (apparently to celebrate a recent string of luck he enjoyed playing pardon lotto). But the party, which was to be held at the Chesa Veglia restaurant in the tony Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz, had to be canceled because of overwhelming media interest.


It strikes us that Marc Rich will be getting a small part of what he deserves if, owing to the paparazzi, the fugitive now has to become a recluse. And no, we aren't really expecting a reward, though a little relocation would be nice, maybe to St. Moritz.