Thursday, September 29, 2016

Canadian Mint employee accused of smuggling $180K of gold in his rectum

An employee of the Royal Canadian Mint allegedly smuggled about $180,000 in gold from the fortress-like facility, possibly evading multiple levels of detection with a time-honoured prison trick.

Hiding the precious metal up his bum.

The case against Leston Lawrence, 35, of Barrhaven concluded in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday. Justice Peter Doody reserved decision until Nov. 9 on a number of smuggling-for-cash charges, including theft, laundering the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and breach of trust.

The Uck! factor aside, the case was also an illuminating look at security measures inside the Mint, the building on Sussex Drive that produces hundreds of millions of gold coins annually for the federal Crown corporation.

“Appalling,” was the conclusion of defence lawyer Gary Barnes, who described the Crown’s case as an underwhelming collection of circumstantial evidence.


“This is the Royal Canadian Mint, your Honour, and one would think they should have the highest security measures imaginable,” Barnes said in his closing submission.

“And here the gold is left sitting around in open buckets.”

Indeed, it was not even the Mint that discovered the alleged theft but an alert bank teller.

Court was told that, on multiple occasions, Lawrence took small circular chunks of gold — a cookie-sized nugget called a “puck” — to Ottawa Gold Buyers in the Westgate Shopping Centre on Carling Avenue.

Typically, the pucks weighed about 210 grams, or 7.4 ounces, for which he was given cheques in the $6,800 range, depending on fluctuating gold prices, court heard. He then deposited the cheques at the Royal Bank in the same mall.

One day a teller became suspicious at the size and number of Ottawa Gold Buyers cheques being deposited and Lawrence’s request to wire money out of the country. She then noticed on his account profile that he worked at the Mint. The first red flag was up.

Bank security was alerted, then the RCMP, which began to investigate. Eventually, a search warrant was obtained and four Mint-style pucks were found in Lawrence’s safety deposit box, court heard.

Records revealed 18 pucks had been sold between Nov. 27, 2014 and March 12, 2015. Together with dozens of gold coins that were redeemed, the total value of the suspected theft was conservatively estimated at $179,015.

But the defence countered with a couple of important points. The Crown was not able to prove conclusively that the gold in Lawrence’s possession actually came from inside the Mint. It had no markings nor, apparently, had any gold been reported missing internally.

The Crown was able to show the pucks precisely fit the Mint’s custom “dipping spoon” made in-house — not available commercially — that is used to scoop molten gold during the production process.

Lawrence, who has since been terminated, was an operator in the refinery section. Among his duties was to scoop gold from buckets so it could be tested for purity, as the Mint prides itself on gold coins above the 99 per cent level.

The great mystery that went unanswered at trial, however, was this: how did the gold get out of the Mint?

Court was told Lawrence set off the metal detector at an exit from the “secure area” with more frequency than any other employee — save those with metal medical implants. When that happened, the procedure was to do a manual search with a hand-held wand, a search that he always passed.

(It was not uncommon for employees to set off the detector, court heard.)

Investigators also found a container of vaseline in his locker and the trial was presented with the prospect that a puck could be concealed in an anal cavity and not be detected by the wand. In preparation for these proceedings, in fact, a security employee actually tested the idea, Barnes said.

Lawrence did not take the stand — as is his legal right — and the Crown was not able to definitively establish how the gold pucks made their way out of the facility.

“We do have compelling evidence,” countered Crown attorney David Friesen, of someone “secreting (gold) on his person and taking it out of the Mint.”

Barnes implied there were many ways Lawrence could have legitimately obtained the gold — he could have bought the coins, for instance — and said he made no efforts to be devious with the gold buyers or the bank. Further, Barnes said, the Mint isn’t even sure a theft took place.

“In fact, I would submit the Mint doesn’t even know if anything is missing.”

In an emailed statement Tuesday evening, a Mint spokeswoman said several security measures had been upgraded, including high definition security cameras in all areas, improved ability to track, balance and reconcile precious metal, and the use of “trend analysis technology.”

- Source, Ottawa Citizen

Monday, September 26, 2016

Peter Schiff On The Biggest Fed Decision Of All Time


Will the Fed raise rates today? 

Peter Schiff warns the Real Action will come during Yellen’s Press Conference…


Friday, September 23, 2016

Donald Trump’s FINAL WARNING For America


In his Economic Address, Donald Trump has issued the American people a DIRE WARNING…


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

History Says Gold And Silver Could Bubble Off The Charts

Mike has made a strong case for gold and silver being the next big asset bubbles. What does history show about his claim?

I looked at the biggest bubbles from history, because I wanted to see if there was historical precedence for the gold price exploding into a big bubble. If it has, it could do so again. If it never did, on the other hand, the claim might be harder to prove.

Here are the biggest financial bubbles from the modern era. Notice which one was the biggest.



The tech bubble, real estate bubble, and even an 18-year run-up in the S&P came nowhere close to the gold mania of the 1970s.

From its 1970 low to its January 1980 high, the gold price rose a total of 2,328%.

Even today’s US stock market—which has basically tripled since its 2009 low—pales in comparison to the gold bubble of the late ‘70s.

It’s really true: there’s no rush like a gold rush.

There were some big bubbles from long ago, too…


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fed Hype A Hoax. Gold Prices Spike. What's Next?



The latest Trend Alert is released, why Celente isn't bullish on oil & the state of Texas goes for wind and sun power. Gerald Celente breaks down the direction he sees the world going.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jeff Berwick: Billionaire Elites Piling Into Gold


Jacob Rothschild, Stanley Druckenmiller, George Soros, along with his associate Crispin Odey, and other billionaire elitists are moving massively into gold. In his recent semi-annual address to RIT shareholders, Rothschild announced that they are reducing their stock and currency exposure and increasing their gold holdings.

Rothschild: ”The six months under review have seen central bankers continuing what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world. We are therefore in uncharted waters and it is impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates, with some 30% of global government debt at negative yields, combined with quantitative easing on a massive scale.”

As Jeff Berwick points out, Rothshild is the best man to ‘predict’ what is going to happen because he and his elitist pals have created the timeline of catastrophes. This may be part of a scheme similar to in 1929 when central bankers created a huge bubble and then a massive crash so they could buy up a ton of assets at pennies on the dollar.

Jeff thinks this may be the most dangerous time in human history for capital. In this interview, he shares a wealth of advice on how and where to make sound investments. He is also putting on a TDV Internationalization and Investment Summit on February 24th 2017 which includes many known experts, and precedes the amazing Anarchapulco Conference in Acapulco, Mexico.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bill Holter: Comparing This Gold Bull Market to Those of the Past Is Invalid


We are 7-8 years into a monetary experiment that has never been done before. In previous bull markets we weren’t looking at the potential end of the financial system as we know it. When central banks monetize, they destroy the currency. This is happening all over the world.

With world debt at least twice 2008 levels we are witnessing the dawn of a new system, and have been close to a collapse twice this year already. We now have central banks that are actually purchasing stocks. The monetization of stock markets is a factor in preventing the collapse.

Central Banks have already printed the money, now it’s just a matter of when will the panic out of money and into real assets happen. Velocity is at it’s lowest ever, and once investors- or even the average public is afraid of holding currency and moves their currency into ‘stuff’, hyperinflation will begin.

When the stock market turns and control is lost, there may be a period of 1-4 weeks where gold goes down. After that we will see capital moving back into gold, and we should see a massive influx of capital into the mining shares which will take out the 2011 highs- perhaps by multiples.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Why is Hillary Clinton Always Hiding Something?

One of the more disturbing revelations of this year’s U.S. presidential election, has been Hillary Clinton’s compulsive propensity to hide all sorts of things from the American public. While I appreciate one’s right to privacy as much as the next person, if you want to run for President of these United States, transparency and engagement with the public should be a top priority and requirement.

In this post, I want to highlight three troubling ways in which Hillary Clinton has been shamelessly and inexplicably hiding things from the public throughout her presidential run. The first instance is one that came up frequently during the Democratic primary. That is, transcripts of the extraordinarily high priced speeches she gave to numerous corporations, including multiple Wall Street banks that were at the center of the 2008/09 financial crisis…

Read the rest here.


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