Ukraine officials investigating gold bar bank heist from nation's Central Bank

Gold-painted lead bars swapped for real gold, suspect fled to Crimea
By , Coin World
Published : 12/26/14
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Ukraine Central Bank authorities are investigating fake gold bars found in the bank’s storage facility in Odessa.

Genuine gold bars had been removed and replaced with lead bricks covered in gold paint, according to a story posted Dec. 24 on the International Business Times website,

The story indicates authorities are looking into the possibility that a bank employee was involved in the theft, reportedly five months ago.

The unidentified employee may have deposited the fakes as gold bullion and then stolen the genuine gold. The employee is suspected of having fled to Crimea sometime between August and October of 2014. The bars could be worth almost £270,000.

On Dec. 19 the Ukraine Central Bank said it will no longer buy gold from the general population.

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