3 accused of selling Philippine-made jewelry as Native American

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Three merchants in New Mexico have been accused of a jewelry scheme using Filipino-made jewelry.

Nael Ali, Mohammad Abed Manasra, and Christina Bowen allegedly conspired to pass off Philippine jewelry Native American-produced pieces in their stores – an act considered a crime under the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

Federal authorities raided the shops and say Philippine authorities also conducted interviews at the Cebu factories where the jewelry was sourced.

The suspects face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine each if convicted.

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