Filipinos charged with Native American jewelry fraud

Three Filipinos are charged with fraudulently selling jewelry imported from the Philippines as Native American-made.

A 38-count indictment alleges that Richard Dennis Nisbet and his daughter Laura Marye; Christian Coxon Waleed Sarrar, Mency Remidio, Orlando Abellanosa, and Ariel Adlawan Canedo perpetrated this international fraud and money laundering scheme for several years — in violation of federal laws, including the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

According to the indictment, Nisbet and other 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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