Numismatic Crime – Judge Refuses to Lower Bond in Faraj Case, Update on Bressett Burglary

By Doug DavisFounder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) ……

Fraudulent Credit Card Bullion Purchases

The following two coins were purchased using fraudulent credit cards:

  • 1 ounce gold eagle NGC MS703376247-004
    ( Address used 1003 Allendale Rd Four Oaks NC, 27524)
  • 2014 500 YN Gold Panda MS70 PCGS 52206.70/28747839
    (Address used 1360 48th St Apt D3 Brooklyn, NY 11219)

Updated Ken Bressett List

Below is an updated list of stolen items taken during the residential burglary of professional numismatist Ken Bressett in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The offense occurred on November 2, 2019.

  • Several pieces of spade, knife, Key and other early types.
  • Approximately 20 sycee, various sizes and shapes.
  • 1923 P’u Yi marriage dollar. Uncirculated.
  • 1928 Kweichow Province automobile dollar EF.
  • 1934 Communist dollar. AU.
  • 1943 Yunnan-Burma Tael.
  • 25 or more Blue Whitman coin boxes, each containing about 60 Chinese cash coins all in individual envelopes and identified with Schjöth numbers. Values range from about $3 to $500 + each.
  • 30 pieces of multiple copper square-hole cash.
  • Several Whitman boxes of coins from Japan, India, Korea, Annam and other places.
  • Type set of Fractional Currency. Mostly CU condition.
  • U.S. Type set of various coins 1c to 50c. Many EF-AU. 1820 1c Unc, 1854 ½ c Unc., 1794 cent, etc. Some fractional gold; hobo 5c by Ron Landis; Admiral Vernon medals; Love tokens.
  • 1976 Uncirculated Canadian Olympic coins, missing the $5.00 Javelin coin that was left behind.
  • Gold Bulova watch c.1945 vintage.
  • Gold chain with ancient Byzantine bronze cross.
  • Three large gold man’s rings set with ancient carnelian seal-stones.
  • Various items of ladies’ jewelry, earrings, bracelets, etc.

Judge Refuses to Lower Faraj Bond

A judge refused to lower the bond of Jason Faraj who is responsible for writing over $100,000 in bad checks to coin dealers and jewelers across several states.

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Faraj was put on our radar several months ago and NCIC began gathering intelligence and tracking his activities. As reports flowed in, NCIC worked closely with investigators in different states to show that Faraj was knowingly writing checks with the intent to defraud dealers. The information developed by NCIC assisted in getting additional warrants issued for Faraj.

Providing the investigator in Michigan with additional victims from NCIC’s database was a key factor in the Judge’s decision to not lower his bond due to Faraj being a flight risk.

The success, in this case, was due to the coordinated efforts of the numismatic industry, law enforcement, and NCIC. Working together we are making a difference in the fight against numismatic crime!

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Please contact the Numismatic Crime Information Center’s Doug Davis if you have questions or information about any of the cases above. You can reach him at (817) 723-7231, or email him at [email protected].

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The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094.

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