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035 – Leston Lawrence – A Golden Opportunity

Episode 035: Leston Lawrence privately sold almost 5 kilos of gold over a short period. He worked at the Royal Canadian Mint as a gold refiner, but could not explain where he’d obtained the gold he had been selling. If it came from the mint, how did he get it out without being discovered? The answers to these questions made for a story that went global.

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Show Notes Below:

SOURCES:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/804985923906/ Lawrence makes a gold puck in the mint’s chlorination room on Feb. 2, 2015. 0:39
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/804976707788/ Lawrence set off the mint’s walk-through metal detectors more than any other employee without a metal implant . 0:29
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/868680259778/ Defence lawyer Gary Barnes says the judge in the gold smuggling trial was meticulous. 1:27 (another word for meticulous? Anal)
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