A commodities trader was given painted stones instead of $36m of copper from a Turkish supplier in a fraudulent deal last summer.
Last year, Mercuria Energy Group agreed to buy the copper blister for delivery to China. About 6,000 tonnes was loaded for shipment in more than 300 containers on eight vessels.
But before its journey from a port near Istanbul, the copper was switched with paving stones, spray-painted to resemble the semi-refined metal.
It appears the copper was initially loaded into the first shipment of containers, before being surveyed by an inspection company. Seals used to prevent fraud were fixed to the containers.
But the containers were opened and the copper replaced with paving stones, Istanbul law firm KYB told media.
commodity：名詞，商品、貨物。例句：The most valuable commodities in the auction are those stones.（這場拍賣會中最有價值的商品，是這些石頭。）
switch：動詞，調換。例句：Mother switches the talk to my father’s decision.（母親將話題轉到我的父親的決定上。）
container：名詞，容器、貨櫃。例句：The Suez Canal in Egypt has been blocked by a huge container vessel, named Ever Given.（埃及的蘇伊士運河被一艘名為長賜號的大型貨櫃船阻塞。）