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article imageLoyalty to boss could have resulted in a competitor's death

By Viga Boland     Aug 16, 2010 in Business
Toronto - Loyalty is something any boss would want in his/her employees. But is it possible to be too loyal? If there's any truth in the story below, well just maybe!
With gold reaching all-time highs, the business of buying gold for melting has boomed. The competition is fierce and those in the business are looking for ways to bring in as many people as possible who want to trade their old gold for cash.
Now, it's been alleged that in a bid to help her employer get more business, a loyal employee hired a killer to knock off the competition.
Harold the Jewellery buyer is one of Toronto's most successful gold buyers. He advertises on TV. Most of us have seen his invitations to bring in your old, unwanted gold and turn them into cash. But of course, he has competition, one of whom is Jack Berkovits, the owner of Omni Jewellers.
In a case now being investigated, to make sure Harold is the most successful in this currently hot business of buying gold, one of Harold's oldest employees, a 71-year-old woman, Maria Konstan, allegedly hired a hit man to kill Jack. It's claimed that when the hit man met Jack and chatted for a while, he had a change of heart and told Jack what he'd be hired to do. He then went on to report it to police as well.
Well if it turns out that there's any truth to this story, Harold can take some small consolation in the fact that he's still alive to appreciate the loyalty of his employees, even if it's misguided.
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