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Offline andyg

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Canada mint worker jailed
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:19:27 AM »
Not sure what board to put this on - "Metal detecting?"

yuk anyway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38848211

Canada mint worker who hid $130,000 of gold in rectum jailed

A former Royal Canadian Mint employee has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing gold coins by concealing them in his rectum.
Leston Lawrence stole $127,116 (CA$165,451; £100,000) of gold in 22 pieces.
The 35-year-old, who was found guilty last November, was caught after he had successfully sold 17 of the gold pieces through Ottawa Gold Buyers.
Ontario Court Judge Peter Doody ordered Lawrence to pay a $145,900 fine.
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

Investigators found vaseline and latex gloves in the mint employee's locker.
Judge Doody said these items "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 boat in 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 worked at the mint from 2008 to 2015.
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Canada mint worker jailed
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 09:40:21 PM »
That's a classical smuggling technique. Western sailors were complaining about Mughal customs officials probing that route when the sailors needed to go on land in Surat. Slaves used it all the time to hide their wealth. Modern drugs runners use it often enough. The method is far from amazing, but what's amazing is that mint staff could apparently leave the premises without a metal detector check.

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Canada mint worker jailed
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 09:43:42 PM »
Video with more information (and CCTV footage from Royal Canadian Mint):


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Re: Canada mint worker jailed
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 11:08:54 AM »
That's a classical smuggling technique. Western sailors were complaining about Mughal customs officials probing that route when the sailors needed to go on land in Surat. Slaves used it all the time to hide their wealth. Modern drugs runners use it often enough. The method is far from amazing, but what's amazing is that mint staff could apparently leave the premises without a metal detector check.

Peter

How effective are the kind of metal detectors we're talking about, though? I've been through countless airport scanners with some metal still about my person (the eyelets on my boots, belt buckle). Sometimes they ask you to take these things off, but not always, and there are quite a few people (though not me) with fillings, pacemakers and other metal implants in their bodies. So either some of these things don't show up, or they do, but the security officials make a judgement about what they are and what kind of threat they pose. Presumably the same applies in this case.

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Re: Canada mint worker jailed
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2017, 11:12:11 AM »
Looking at the video eurocoin linked to, it's the second. He goes through the detector, it goes off, he gets a close scan and apparently the guard decides the problem is the zipper of his pants and he's allowed to go through. This may be why the Mint blah blah talks about "additional training" for the guards.

Similarly, my metal knee always gives a red alert at the airport and worries nobody.

Peter
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