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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 14

AUSTRALIAN MINT WORKER SMUGGLED COINS IN HIS BOOTS

Philip Mernick forwarded a story published April 6 by the BBC
News about a Canberra mint worker who stole coins by concealing
them in his workboots:

"An ex-worker at Australia's mint has admitted stealing tens
of thousands of dollars in coins he put in steel-capped boots
to avoid metal detectors.  Prosecutors said William Bosia
Grzeskowiak stole more than AU$155,000 (65,000) in new
two-dollar coins over a year at the Canberra mint.

Grzeskowiak, 48, was arrested two months ago while trying to
change a large number of coins into notes."

"Workers are not required to remove boots during random screening.
They said they found AU$100,000 in coins hidden in plastic buckets
and shopping bags in the garage of Grzeskowiak's mother."

"The case triggered a review of security at the mint during which
Australian Federal Police found a host of problems. The mint has
since upgraded security."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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