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Crown seeks 3 years for Mint gold thief

The Crown is asking for a three-year sentence for a Royal Canadian Mint employee who captured international attention when he was convicted of theft, after apparently smuggling gold bricks out of the building, likely in his rectum, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

The Royal Canadian Mint building in Ottawa.

See our first account of this story here.

In November 2016, the court heard Leston Lawrence, 35, “almost certainly” hid gold “nuggets” in his rectum during a three-month spree that ended in March 2015, the article writes.

It goes on to say:

“About $165,000 worth of gold was stolen—in round, seven-ounce pucks—most of it never recovered.

At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Crown counsel David Friesen asked Ontario Justice Peter Doody to send Lawrence to the penitentiary for three years and demand repayment of $190,000, the estimated market value of the stolen gold.


Doody is to render a decision Feb. 2.”

Lawrence was convicted of stealing 22 pucks; only five were recovered, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Read the full article here.

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