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Cops: Mint employee smuggled gold in rectum

Cops: Mint employee smuggled gold in rectum

The freaky case against an employee accused of smuggling gold out of the Royal Canadian Mint in an unusually cheeky way wrapped up in an Ottawa courtroom this week. Essentially, the RCM is accusing Lawrence of smuggling gold out of the mint and selling it to enrich himself.

Canadian gold is seen in the Royal Canadian Mint's gold refinery vault in 2012.

"This is the Royal Canadian Mint, your Honour, and one would think they should have the highest security measures imaginable", Barnes said in his closing submission. Finally, Barnes pointed out that the mint left gold sitting in open buckets.

According to the Hamilton Spectator, the gold-butt madness began in 2015, when a bank teller in Ottawa grew suspicious of Lawrence's alleged activities.

An investigation kicked off after a bank teller became suspicious over the deposit of cheques from the nearby Ottawa Gold Buyers, and Lawrence's request to wire money overseas, and then noticed Lawrence worked at the mint.

Should Lawrence be found guilty, he will join at least two other mint employees convicted of stealing from the Ottawa facility in recent decades. Nor had the Royal Canadian Mint reported any missing nuggets.

The pucks are worth about $6,800 each, depending on fluctuating gold prices. She then noticed he worked at the Mint, and her suspicion intensified.

Although the prosecution couldn't definitively identify the pucks Lawrence sold, they did say they matched an exclusive mold the Mint uses.

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During testimony, it was revealed Lawrence set off the metal detectors at work more than other employees, but they never seemed to find anything on him.

However, The Crown was able to show the pucks perfectly fitted the Mint's custom-made "dipping spoon", used to scoop molten gold during the production process. Each time that happened, he was given a manual search with a hand-held wand.

Investigators also found a container of Vaseline in his locker and the trial was presented with the prospect that a puck could be concealed in an anal cavity and not be detected by the wand.

'We do have compelling evidence of someone secreting (gold) on his person and taking it out of the Mint, ' prosecutor David Friesen said.

But defense attorney Gary Barnes said there are a number of ways the gold could have been obtained.

Justice Peter Doody postponed a decision until November 9th.

A spokesperson for the mint said that the RCM is committed to overhauling its security measures, such as installing a system of HD cameras and developing better methods for tracking its precious metals.


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