Saturday, April 08, 2006

Royal Mint worker walked off with gold coins in his shoes

Read this in the news

These boots are made for... hiding 112,000 dollars in coins

Friday April 7, 2006
A former worker at the Royal Australian Mint Thursday pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his employer by regularly hiding two-dollar coins in his shoes and walking out of the building.

Prosecutors allege 48-year-old William Bosia Grzeskowiak stole more than 155,000 dollars from the Canberra mint between April 2005 and February 2006.

Coining hall worker Grzeskowiak literally walked out with about 600 dollars each time by secreting the two-dollar coins in his boots, and sometimes his lunchbox, under the eyes of watchful security guards, they said.

He admitted the theft charge but his lawyers said he would dispute the amount stolen during sentencing hearings later this month.

Grzeskowiak was arrested in southern Victoria state in February after he tried to change a large number of two-dollar coins for notes.

Police said they found more than 100,000 dollars in coins hidden in his mother's garage, and estimate more than 23,000 dollars had been converted into other forms of cash by the time of the arrest.

(Silly bugger- he should have taken a day off every 2nd or 4th Friday- and gone bank to bank changing a sackful of coins. Or he could have opened a cheap video arcade store and washed the coins off... change anyone?)

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