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Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Counterfeit Coin Fraud Scheme
Federal courthouse in Minneapolis for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Barry Ron Skog, 68, of Burnsville, Minn., pleaded guilty February 21 to one count of selling counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud in the United States District Court of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Skog faces a potential maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment on the count of selling counterfeit coins and a potential of 20 years maximum on the mail fraud count. He also faces fines of up to $250,000 for each count and mandatory restitution in amounts to be determined by the court.

No date has been set for sentencing.

A Minnesota federal grand jury had returned a six-count criminal indictment on April 10, 2018, charging Skog with five counts related to the sale of counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud. With the plea agreement, the government agreed to dismiss four of the counts related to selling counterfeit coins.
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New Date Set for Kirschner Sentencing

Fake ATF BadgeA New Jersey man admitted June 25 to impersonating a federal agent while selling counterfeit coins and bars and unlawfully importing counterfeit coins and bars into the United States, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

April 25 is the new date for Jonathan A. Kirschner’s sentencing hearing.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler had been scheduled to sentence Kirschner on February 5 for his admitted crimes of falsely impersonating an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and of unlawfully importing counterfeit coins and bars into the United States.

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Alabama Dealers Honored with Service Award

Industry Council for Tangible Assets chief operating officer David Crenshaw (left) and ICTA treasurer Patrick Heller (right), present Phil Darby (center) with the organization’s Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award at the organization’s dinner and update.

Industry Council for Tangible Assets dealer-members Phil Darby (J&P Coins and Currency, Helena, Alabama) and Steve Caiola (Alabama Gold Refiner, Homewood, Alabama) were honored during the ICTA dinner and update at FishBones, Orlando, Florida, on January 9 as the recipients of the 2018 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award.

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PNG Leaders Step Up Fight Against Fakes With ACEF

New nonprofit entity created to accept donations for important 2019 work by Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force

Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force LogoThe Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) accomplished major victories combatting fakes and educating the public about counterfeits in the marketplace in 2018, according to ACTF Coordinator Beth Deisher. She envisions continued success in 2019 following the recent major reorganization of the group’s parent organization, the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF).

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Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Moves to Foundation

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets and the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation have jointly announced an agreement to transfer the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force and the position of director of anti-counterfeiting from ICTA to the non-profit 501-C-3 foundation.

The transfer became effective Nov. 15.

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