Filipinos charged with 'Native American jewelry' fraud

ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 09 2019 03:45 PM

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Three Filipinos have been charged with several others in the United States for fraud for allegedly selling jewelry imported from the Philippines and marketing them as made by Native Americans.

According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, a federal grand jury in Phoenix, Arizona returned a 38-count indictment on Feb. 26 that charged Filipinos Mency Remedio, Orlando Abellanosa, and Ariel Adlawan Canedo alongside respondents Richard Dennis Nisbet, his daughter Laura Marye Lott, Christian Coxon, and Waleed Sarrar with international fraud and a money laundering scheme. 

They were cited in violation of federal laws, including the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, having run the scheme for several years. 

According to the indictment, Nisbet, his co-defendants and co-conspirators, ordered fraudulent pieces from the Philippines and marketed and sold the jewelry claiming they were from the Navajo nation.

The government is currently prosecuting the case.

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