A Crappy Way to Smuggle Gold
In a story that would fit right into a heist movie, an ex-employee from the Royal Canadian Mint has been accused of stealing gold nuggets from the government facility by hiding the precious metal in his butt. Talk about gold bottoming out. I guess you can say this alleged gold heist was an inside job, if you know what I mean. 😁
35 year old Leston Lawrence sold multiple nuggets of gold called “pucks” to a local gold dealer in Ottawa, and then deposited the proceeds into his bank account. Each puck weighed about 210 grams (7.4 ounces.) According to records, he sold 18 of them in the span of 4 months. Investigators with search warrants also found 4 gold pucks in his safety deposit box. The combined value of all this gold is estimated to be $180,000. His job was to measure the purity of gold coins at the Mint, but he has since been fired in light of the accusations.
It was a bank teller who first raised the alarm. She could smell something was not right, 💩 noting the frequency of Lawrence’s deposits, and his requests to wire the money overseas.
The bank teller notified her supervisor and the RCMP was soon involved. They even found a container of Vaseline in Lawrence’s locker. Prosecutors alleged that he smuggled the gold nuggets out of the Mint by concealing them in his anal cavity one at a time. This would explain why the handheld wand used as a security measure at the Mint didn’t detect anything on him. So despite the Mint’s sophisticated security system, it was still vulnerable to a backdoor exploit.