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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Maserati? What Maserati?

LONDON (AP) - When authorities towed a $160,000, limited edition Maserati from the streets of London, they assumed the car's owner would show up to pay his many parking tickets and unpaid congestion charge fines.

But Bertrand Des Pallieres, a wealthy Parisian, didn't claim his Maserati Cambiocorsa for three months - and then only because the Evening Standard newspaper tracked him down and told him the car was about to be auctioned.

Des Pallieres, 39, was quoted by the paper on Tuesday as saying he quit Deutsche Bank with two colleagues in April to set up their own hedge fund, and was so busy traveling the world to raise money that he didn't have time to worry about the car when it was towed in May.

He said he also didn't have a secretary at the time to look after his life's "domestic things" - such as the approximately $10,000 he reportedly owes in unpaid parking tickets, congestion charges and a road tax,


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