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Senior Vatican cleric arrested in fraud probe

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A senior Catholic cleric, a former spy and a financer, all accused of plotting to smuggle millions of euros into Italy on a private jet have been arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, prosecutors said Friday. 

View of the headquarters of the Vatican's Institute for Religious Works (IOR) on February 18, 2012. A senior Catholic cleric has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in connection with a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, according to Italian media reports.

Nunzio Scarano, known as "monsignor" in recognition of his seniority at the Holy See, is accused of fraud and corruption for plotting to illegally fly 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into Italy from Switzerland.

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