German officials check financial documents found in actor Don Johnson's car
Wednesday, March 12th 2003, 12:00 am
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BERLIN (AP) _ German investigators are examining documents found in Don Johnson's car that list transactions totaling $8 billion, a customs official said Wednesday.
Johnson's car was stopped for a routine check as he entered Germany from Switzerland in November with two other men, said Wolfgang Schmitz, a spokesman for German customs.
Officials photocopied the documents, but they did not seize them and allowed the former ``Nash Bridges'' star to continue his journey without formally questioning him, Schmitz said.
``There is currently no indication of illegal transactions,'' Schmitz said. ``There is no criminal investigation and prosecutors are not involved.''
He refused to give details on the documents.
German customs officials are still evaluating the copies _ a time-consuming process because banks have to be contacted. U.S. authorities also were informed of the listed transactions in view of the sums involved, Schmitz said.
German customs officials regularly carry out checks on the border with Switzerland, which unlike Germany is not a member of the European Union and is renowned for its strict bank secrecy laws.
Johnson, 53, also starred in the 1980s ``Miami Vice'' television series. His films include 1996's ``Tin Cup,'' with Kevin Costner.