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Perth Mint worker who stole gold bar in his underpants jailed

A Perth Mint security guard who stole a $50,000 gold bar by hiding it in his underpants has been sentenced to 15 months’ jail.

The District Court was told Matthew Alexander Roussety, 27, had a “brain snap” when he decided to take the one-kilogram bar while he was working at the mint’s refinery at Perth Airport in December 2016.

The bar was a reject one, and was going to be melted down, but Roussety decided to steal it by secreting it down the front of his pants.

It set off metal detectors when he was leaving the refinery, but he managed to explain it away by telling security officers the alarm had gone off because of the metal zip on his trousers.

Three months later, after he had left his job, Roussety took the bar to a second-hand gold dealership and after signing a declaration that he had paid for and owned the bar, he was paid $44,500.

Roussety then used some of the money to pay car and credit card debts.

His crime was uncovered when the gold dealership tried to sell the bar back to the Perth Mint, but it was told it already belonged to them. Read more…


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