The employee faces a slew of charges, including possession of stolen property. (Photo: REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques)
A former Canadian Mint worker allegedly smuggled a king’s ransom worth of gold nuggets from the Crown corporation by hiding it in a place where the proverbial sun don’t shine, an Ontario court recently heard.
After smuggling the gold nuggets in his bottom, the employee allegedly brought the gold “pucks” to an Ottawa Gold Buyers outlet. He received around $6,800 for each gold nugget, took the money and deposited it into his Royal Bank account, which was located in the same mall as the outlet.
This went on for almost four months, before a bank teller became suspicious of the employee due to the frequency of his deposits, requests to wire money overseas, the fact that he was a Canadian Mint worker — and possibly his funny walk.
The teller’s suspicion was passed on to the RCMP who started investigating the worker and found four more gold nuggets in his safety-deposit box. In addition to that find, the RCMP also found a tub of Vaseline in the employee’s work locker. There is no word (yet) on whether a cavity search was performed.
On the question of why the gold nuggets were not detected by the mint’s security, it was suggested that the handheld wand used at the facility may not detect gold nuggets hidden in a person’s anal cavity.
One thing is for sure, this case is garnering a lot of attention, even making it into the The Washington Post, which quipped that the alleged theft of the gold pucks was“. . .an inside job — in more ways than one”, as well as the German publication Deutsche Welle.
The employee faces a slew of charges, including possession of stolen property, laundering the proceeds of crime, theft and breach of trust.
The man has been found guilty
of smuggling $165,000 worth of gold nuggets out of the Royal Canadian Mint on November 9.