Man gets jail for passing off PH-made jewelry as Native American

ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Aug 31 2018 10:11 AM

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A jewelry store owner in Albuquerque, New Mexico was sentenced to 6 months in jail and a year of supervised release for trying to pass off his Philippine-made jewelry as Native American. 
A US District judge has sentenced 54-year-old Nael Ali and also ordered him to pay over $9,000 in restitution for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA).

Ali was arrested in October of 2015 for attempting to sell Cebu-made jewelry as Native American.

He pled guilty on October 18, 2017, to violating IACA by selling counterfeit Native American-style jewelry out of two retail jewelry stores in Albuquerque’s old town.

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