Friday, 3 February 2017

Canadia Mint Worker Who Hid $130,000 Of Gold In Rectum Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Former Royal Canadian Mint employee has been sentenced to thirty months in prison for stealing gold coins by concealing them in his rectum.

Leston Lawrence, 35,stole 22 pieces of gold worth $127,116, (CA$165,451, £100,000). He was caught after he had sold 17 out of the 22 pieces of gold through Ottawa Gold buyers.

Lawrence was found guilty last year November, was caught after he had sold 17 of the gold pieces through Ottawa Gold Buyers. Lawrence was ordered to pay a fine of $145,900 by Ontario Court Judge Peter Doody.

Investigators found Vaseline and latex gloves in the mint employee's locker.

Passing sentence on Thursday, he ruled that Lawrence should serve another 30 months in prison if he fails to pay the penalty within three years of his release.

The Judge, Doody said the items found in Lawrence's locker "could have been used to facilitate insertion of gold items inside his rectum", reports the Toronto Star.

 The 17 laundered pucks weighed as much as 264g apiece and were sold for sums up to $7,300 each between 2014 and 2015.
Lawrence was convicted of conveying gold out of the mint, breach of trust by a public official and possession of property obtained by crime.

He used the money to buy a boatnin Florida and build a house in Jamaica, the court heard.

Lawrence's job was to purify gold and he occasionally worked alone in an area not covered by security cameras. He has worked at the mint from 2008 to 2015.

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