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'According to Kirby, an analyst who has broken significant news stories in the past, Chinese officials investigated and believe the counterfeit gold bars are the work of a well-financed criminal organization. Many arrests have been made.
Upon further investigation (and remember that this is all “alleged” as no Chinese official is willing to confirm this on the record) the Chinese learned that about 15 years ago a refinery in the United States manufactured between 1.3 and 1.5 million 400-ounce tungsten blanks. Tungsten has an almost identical specific gravity as gold, so a 400-ounce tungsten bar would be the same size as a 400-ounce gold bar. Subsequently, 640,000 of these bars were gold plated and shipped to Fort Knox where they are still located. Kirby claims that he knows people who possess copies of the shipping documents of these deliveries showing the dates of delivery and the exact weights of each of these bars.
The remaining bars were later gold-plated, then apparently sold into the international market. Where they are today is not known, but there are strong suspicions that significant quantities of them are already in bonded warehouses of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and elsewhere as supposedly good delivery gold bars. The alleged counterfeit bars received by the Chinese apparently came directly from the Hong Kong vaults of the LBMA.
To the extent that there are any quantities of these counterfeit bars on the market to fulfill paper gold contracts, there is a significant risk that owners of “paper gold” could be in for major losses in the near future'