Ex-Diavik sorter stole almost $400K worth of stones in biggest theft in NWT history

An ex-Diavik diamond sorter who pocketed almost $400,000 worth of rough stones in the biggest theft the territory has ever seen will learn his fate next week. Samson Mkhitaryan, 40, pleaded guilty in November to one count of theft over $5,000. “All I’m asking is forgiveness,”said Mkhitaryan, clutching a tissue as he stood before Justice...
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