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, www.ibtimes.com.
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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