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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 46, November 14, 1999, Article 5

WHAT GOES AROUND ...  

   A previously featured web site was "Where's George," a site 
   where readers can enter the serial number of a piece of currency 
   passing through their hands, and later track its progress if others 
   report on its whereabouts (http://www.wheresgeorge.com/ ).  

   A New York woman probably wishes she'd known more 
   about where a certain $100 bill came from before she accepted 
   it from a teller at her local bank before heading to Italy on a 
   business trip.    An article in the November 8th, 1999 Wall 
   Street Journal reported the story.   Laura Kneeland said "Either 
   what happened is a one-in-a-gazillion coincidence, like a 
   "Seinfeld" episode, or maybe it just tells you that this kind of 
    thing could happen to anyone."  

   Kneeland, a Long Island art dealer, gave the note to her friend, 
   Paula Rubino, as part of a payment of a painting.  "When Ms. 
   Rubino tried to exchange the bill for lire, it was immediately 
   traced to the February 1998 ransom paid for the release of a 
   wealthy Italian industrialist kidnapped the year before.  That 
   put Ms. Rubino under suspicion for being an accomplice in 
   the kidnapping."  

   Ms. Rubino was questioned by Italian police for four hours, 
   her apartment was searched, and she was told to hire a lawyer. 
   "It is certainly a serious situation for this woman, but it should 
   all be cleared up soon," said her attorney.  

   Meanwhile, Ms. Kneeland says, "For the next trip, I definitely 
   won't get my cash from the Bank of New York." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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