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Treasury official on leave pending probe of missing $$

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Treasury Department official is on administrative leave pending an investigation into the disappearance of newly printed cash, a department spokesman said Saturday.

The money, reportedly about $30,000, was recovered.

The official involved is Thomas M. Janney, chief of the Office of Currency Production in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, bureau spokesman Larry Felix said. Felix would not say what led the agency to place Janney on leave.

Officials were alerted to a cash discrepancy about five weeks ago, Felix said, and immediately began a search.

"We discovered the money within the halls of the bureau," Felix said.

A message left at Janney's home was not immediately returned Saturday.