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Police Consider Fraud Probe As £11Million Ruby 'gem Of Tanzania' Is Found To Be A Crystal Worth Just £100

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217462/Shock-11million-ruby-Gem-Of-Tanzania-crystal-worth-just-100-police-consider-fraud-probe.html

It was said to be an enormous ruby worth up to £15m - and was claimed to be so valuable it was used to support the finances of a large building firm.

The mysterious 10,000 carat Gem of Tanzania was found listed in the books of the otherwise humdrum Shropshire company Wrekin Construction when accountants began analysing the failed business's worth.

It seemed too astonishing to be true - and today it emerged that it was. In fact, it is likely to be useful only as a colourful paperweight.

For this fabled jewel is in fact worth as little as £100.

Instead of being a 4.5lb ruby, the Gem of Tanzania is believed to be a lump of anyolite, a type of brightly-coloured crystal fairly common in east Africa.

And this jewel once used to prop up a firm that employed 500 people, and said to be worth between £11m and £15m, is of so little value that leading London auction houses refused to put it on sale.

Instead, Ernst and Young accountants, administrators for failed Wrekin Construction, are to advertise the barely precious stone in Rock 'n' Gem magazine, a publication read largely by mineral collectors and lovers of 'New Age' crystals.

Hatton Garden gem dealer Marcus McCallum said yesterday: 'The Gem of Tanzania may not be worth the cost of the advertisement.

'A two-kilogram lump of anyolite is probably worth about £100. A valuation of £11m would be utterly bonkers.'

Police, meanwhile, are considering beginning a fraud inquiry, as it has emerged that two valuation documents used to back up claims of the ruby's worth were unconvincing forgeries.

The existence of the gem first became public in May when Wrekin Construction - which built carparks and roundabouts - collapsed, and the firm's bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, called in accountants.

They found that the firm's owner David Unwin, from Uttoxeter, Derbyshire, had entered the Gem of Tanzania in the company accounts, claiming it was worth up to £15m.

He had exchanged the gem for 11m shares in the firm, describing it as a 'ruby gem stone known as the Gem of Tanzania'.

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It's also rumoured that a lot of banks have done something similar with saying house prices are worth more than they actually are and used them to finance there business.

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You can buy those on www.bradford.co.uk :huh:

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