Crime and Fraud

Numismatic Crime: Developing a Tactical Mindset for Coin Dealers and Coin Collectors

Numismatic Crime: Developing a Tactical Mindset for Coin Dealers and Coin Collectors

by Doug Davis Founder/President and Bryan Davis/Forensic Investigator … Numismatic Crime Information Center ……… Numismatic crime continues to escalate and the chance of a dealer or collector becoming a victim is very real in today’s society. It is important to realize that not everyone is a law abiding citizen. There are individuals and organized groups who […]

The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

By Vic Bozarth – The Rare Coin Road Warrior ….. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts….. Many of you may have wondered what happened to Vic Bozarth-The Rare Coin Road Warrior. Sherri and I are still traveling 200 nights per year to coin shows and on coin buying trips all over the continental U.S. We are still […]

By November 3, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

Cory Frampton, Executive Director, US Mexican Numismatic Association Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. The third annual USMNA Convention continues to grow in attendance and popularity with collectors of Mexican and Latin American coinage. Two different seminars were given by industry leaders describing counterfeiting problems back when the coins were originally struck as well as the current […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Crime Alerts:  2014

Numismatic Crime Alerts: 2014

Crimes related to numismatics know no boundaries and affects the numismatic industry around the world. Millions of dollars in numismatic items have been stolen from collectors and dealers who have fallen prey to a numismatic crime. The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit corporation established to coordinate and collaborate initiatives between […]

As Legal Issues Mount, Merit Gold Customers Seek Relief

As Legal Issues Mount, Merit Gold Customers Seek Relief

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… In CoinWeek’s initial report on Merit Gold and Silver, we wrote that the Santa Monica City’s Attorney’s Office had filed a complaint against the firm, alleging that Merit had “engaged in an aggressive, nationwide fraud scheme that… bilked customers out of tens of millions of dollars”, and […]

A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

by Joshua T. Herbstman for CoinWeek…. At some time or another, we have all gotten an email that resembles the following: Dear Sir, During the regime of our late head of state, General Sani Abacha, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries. The new civilian […]

By July 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Security Questions for Coin Collectors at Home and at a Convention. VIDEO: 4:39

Security Questions for Coin Collectors at Home and at a Convention. VIDEO: 4:39

Don Rinkor, Don Rinkor Rare Coins Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……… Safety is a major concern for both coin dealers and collectors. Knowing what to do at a coin convention and at one’s home is important to staying safe and avoiding being broken in to. Even better is to have a security system in place that […]

By June 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Precious Metal Verifier Available to Help Determine Genuine Gold & Silver Items. VIDEO: 4:17

Precious Metal Verifier Available to Help Determine Genuine Gold & Silver Items. VIDEO: 4:17

David Blau, Inventor, Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……. The flood of counterfeit coins entering the market has prompted new concerns about determining the authenticity. Up until this time the best electronic machine to check the type of metal in a coin cost thousands of dollars. A new product is on the market that costs substantially […]

By June 17, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Robbery at Harlan J. Berk, Chicago-Based Coin Dealer

Robbery at Harlan J. Berk, Chicago-Based Coin Dealer

Off hours robbery at Harlan J. Berk prompts new security measures for Chicago firm… Exclusive CoinWeek news report…. Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has a long tradition of welcoming numismatic scholars and collectors of all experience levels and budgets. However, two weekend visitors certainly won’t be welcomed back. At approximately 6:08 AM, on Saturday morning, […]

Federal Motion Filed Against Odyssey Marine for S.S. Central America Recovery Effort

Federal Motion Filed Against Odyssey Marine for S.S. Central America Recovery Effort

First Finders of Famous S.S. Central America Treasure Accuse Odyssey Marine of Trespassing, Ask Federal Marshals to Seize Recovered “Ship of Gold” Items Federal court motions claiming misappropriation and trespass were filed on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against a Florida salvage company by the Ohio-based group that first discovered and recovered Gold Rush-era sunken treasure from […]

ANA announces Coin Recovery from 2007 Museum Theft

ANA announces Coin Recovery from 2007 Museum Theft

News Report by CoinWeek staff….. In 2007, the ANA Museum Collection Manager Wyatt Yeager stole approximately $1 million in coins and numismatic items from the ANA. Efforts continue to restore the collection to its pre-theft condition to this day. On May 1st, the American Numismatic Association announced the recovery of a coin stolen in 2007 from the Edward […]

ANA Recovers Lost Coin with Dealer Help. VIDEO: 2:58

ANA Recovers Lost Coin with Dealer Help. VIDEO: 2:58

Kim Kiick, American Numismatic Association, Richard Snow, Eagle Eye Rare Coin Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……… The ANA has located another of the coins stolen from the Money Museum several years ago. Executive Director Kim Kiick talks about the recent recovery. Dealer Rick Snow, who was responsible for the recovery of the coin, talks about the […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-Sylum reader and former head of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and former Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association, Bob Leuver offers an abridged version of a report he filed […]

Numismatic Consumer Alliance Helps Coin Scam Victims Recover More than $8 Million

Numismatic Consumer Alliance Helps Coin Scam Victims Recover More than $8 Million

The Numismatic Consumer Alliance, Inc. helped recover nearly $1 million during 2013 for consumers who were victims of unscrupulous coin sales, according to John Albanese, founder and president of the not-for-profit watchdog organization. The Numismatic Consumer Alliance has now recovered a total of more than $8 million since it became operational in 2005 – an average of about […]

Numismatic Crime Alerts: 2013

Numismatic Crime Alerts: 2013

Crimes related to numismatics know no boundaries and affects the numismatic industry around the world. Millions of dollars in numismatic items have been stolen from collectors and dealers who have fallen prey to a numismatic crime. The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit corporation established to coordinate and collaborate initiatives between […]

Numismatic Crime Information Center to Conduct Law Enforcement Seminar During F.U.N Show – January 2014

Numismatic Crime Information Center to Conduct Law Enforcement Seminar During F.U.N Show – January 2014

The Numismatic Crime Information Center will offer a one-day training class on “Numismatic Crime Investigations” for local, state and federal law enforcement officers. The class will be held in conjunction with the F.U.N. 59th Annual Convention January 9-12, 2014. The class is designed to provide law-enforcement personnel, including patrol officers, detectives, investigators and prosecutors, with […]

Numismatic Crime Information Center Update. VIDEO: 2:04

Numismatic Crime Information Center Update. VIDEO: 2:04

Doug Davis, Founder, NCIC Interviewer: David Lisot…… There is a nonprofit organization devoted to sharing information about crime and security in the numismatic industry. Doug Davis is founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center. He shares the most recent news and achievements for NCIC. Copyright © CoinWeek LLC – June 2013 55th annual Texas Numismatic […]

By July 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
THE COLLECTIBLE COIN PROTECTION ACT (HR 1849)

THE COLLECTIBLE COIN PROTECTION ACT (HR 1849)

Non-Partisan Bill Aims to Thwart Influx of Counterfeit Coins Washington D.C In an effort to stimulate interest in the passage of H.R. 1849 (The Collectible Coin Protection Act) Barry Stuppler, chairman of the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee and Jimmy Hayes, the coin and bullion community’s political consultant, met with congressmen on June 19th 2013. The Collectible […]

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The advancements in digital photography and the ease of ability to post price lists and auctions on the internet have proved to be a real boon for coin sellers.  However, with the rise of legitimate online transactions comes new ways of trying to separate […]

Numismatic Consumer Alliance Recoveries Top $7 Million For Purchasers of Overpriced Coins

Numismatic Consumer Alliance Recoveries Top $7 Million For Purchasers of Overpriced Coins

The Numismatic Consumer Alliance, Inc. (NCA) helped recover nearly $1.3 million during 2012 for buyers who fell prey to unscrupulous coin sales, according to John Albanese, founder and president of the not-for-profit watchdog organization. That brings the overall total of NCA’s recoveries to more than $7.1 million since it became operational in 2005 – an […]

By April 18, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
ANA Money Museum Gets Stolen Australian Holey Dollar Returned

ANA Money Museum Gets Stolen Australian Holey Dollar Returned

The 1813 Holey dollar was returned to the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum on Oct. 23. The Holey dollar is an 1813 Australian coin struck on a 1788 Spanish-American real piece of Charles III from Mexico City. It has a large hole punched out of it; around the hole is an added […]

ANA advises members to check credit, debit statements

ANA advises members to check credit, debit statements

The American Numismatic Association has received reports that several members had credit or debit card numbers stolen during their stay in Philadelphia for the World’s Fair of MoneySM. In light of this, the ANA advises members to check their credit and debit cards for unusual charges. The stolen credit card numbers did not come from […]

“Hotel Buyer” Scams Bring Federal, State, and Local Criminal Charges

“Hotel Buyer” Scams Bring Federal, State, and Local Criminal Charges

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On Tuesday morning, CBS News reported on the cessation of operations by THR Associates, which ran perhaps the largest “hotel buyer” operation in the US over the past few years.  To view the story, Click Here. In an earlier report in May about this […]

Texas Man Wanted for Coin Theft – Dealers Take Note !

Texas Man Wanted for Coin Theft – Dealers Take Note !

Doug Davis from Numismaticcrimes.org sent us the following press release…… A warrant has been issued by the Jefferson County, Texas Sheriff’s Department for Bryson Miguel Cendejas W/M 12/19/1985 on a charge of Felony Theft. Investigators believe Cendejas stole gold and platinum coins from an elderly female valued between $100,000 and $200,000. Cendejas, owner of Golden […]

By June 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Superior Gold Group Agrees to Final Judgment and Injunction

Superior Gold Group Agrees to Final Judgment and Injunction

Owner Bruce Sands Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Restitution and to Stay Out of the Precious Metals Business City of Santa Monica and L.A. County prosecutors have reached a final agreement with Superior Gold Group and its owner, Bruce Sands, more than one year after a court ordered the business placed under receivership and […]

Wyatt Yeager Sentenced to 27 months in ANA Museum Theft

Wyatt Yeager Sentenced to 27 months in ANA Museum Theft

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Former ANA collections manager Wyatt Yeager, 33, has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison, two years supervised release and ordered to pay $948,505 in restitution for the theft of approximately 300 historically significant coins and objects from the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, CO. The sentence […]

Man Sentenced in Theft of ANA Coins Stolen from St. Louis Museum

Man Sentenced in Theft of ANA Coins Stolen from St. Louis Museum

A former St. Louis Museum of Transportation tour guide was ordered Thursday to serve three years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing six Civil War-era coins, valued at $18,844, which belonged to the American Numismatic Association Money Museum. The four-panel ANA traveling exhibit, “Money of the U.S. Civil War,” was scheduled to open at […]

Attorney General Brings Action Against AGT American Silver and Gold

Attorney General Brings Action Against AGT American Silver and Gold

The Texas Attorney General froze the assets of AGT American Silver and Gold March 1, and issued a temporary restraining order against the owners of the Austin-area company, which sells gold and silver bullion and coins. Lora Maestre and Rick Maestre, also known as David Winston, among others, are named in the action for violating […]

By March 12, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
ALL CHARGES DISMISSED, GOLDLINE ANNOUNCES

ALL CHARGES DISMISSED, GOLDLINE ANNOUNCES

Precious Metals Company Will Continue to Set Standard For Customer Disclosures SANTA MONICA, CA (PRESS RELEASE) – Goldline International Inc., the precious metals leader in customer service and disclosures, today announced an agreement with the Santa Monica City Attorney which dismissed all charges against the company and its employees. Under the agreement, the company agreed […]

By February 22, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Goldline International Placed Under Injunction, Ordered To Change Sales Practices

Goldline International Placed Under Injunction, Ordered To Change Sales Practices

National Coin Dealer Must Also Refund Up To $4.5 Million To Customers, Set Up Fund For Additional Claims The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has obtained a judgment and injunction against Goldline International, Inc., one of the nation’s largest gold coin dealers. The injunction, believed to be the strongest ever levied against a precious metals […]

By February 22, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
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