Cops: Man passed off fake coins for cash

Allen Natanel, 27, of Flushing, has been charged Allen Natanel, 27, of Flushing, has been charged with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at First District Court in Hempstead, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Queens man faces forgery charges for selling 99 counterfeit coins to a jewelry store in late January in Garden City South, Nassau County police said.

Allen Natanel, 27, of 67-17 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, sold 100 Morgan silver dollars to Frucci Jewelers, 18 Nassau Blvd., for an unspecified amount of cash at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31, police said.

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Later, the owner of the store determined 99 of the coins were counterfeit.

Fourth Squad detectives arrested Natanel at his residence early Wednesday.

He is charged with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned Wednesday and his bail set at $25,000 bond or $10,000 cash.

With Ellen Yan

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