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Ex-worker asks to cash 10 million US bond

(China Daily)

09:09, November 08, 2011

Zhang, a 62-year-old villager from Weifang, East China's Shandong province, holds what he claims is a $10-million US Treasury bond that has been in his family since the 1930s. Tian Ge'ying / for China Daily

BEIJING / QINGDAO - A retired factory worker has vowed to continue seeking help to cash a $10-million US Treasury bond despite being told that the document is an obvious fake.

The 62-year-old, who asked to be identified only as Zhang, has repeated in media interviews that the bond has been in his family since the 1930s.

However, when China Daily compared photographs of the bond with examples of counterfeits published on the US Treasury website, it was discovered they are virtually identical including an element that shows Zhang's bond was likely printed as late as the 1980s.

The villager, who survives on a monthly pension of just 1,500 yuan ($240), showed no outward signs of shock when China Daily reporters broke the news to him last week.

"This is a conspiracy by the United States government," he said from his suburban home in Weifang, East China's Shandong province. "I know they (the US) won't want to admit this so I will go to Beijing to seek help from television (media) and scholars."

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