WAITE PARK, MN - A 28-year-old man from Waite Park, Minn., on Sept. 25 is expected to respond to a felony charge for theft-by-swindle stemming from selling counterfeit coins to three pawn shops in the greater Minneapolis area.

Eric Michael Johnson, identified in a complaint filed July 31 in Minnesota’s 7th Judicial District Court located in Stearns County, could face a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $10,000.

Johnson was arrested Feb. 27, 2017, by Minnesota Department of Commerce Special Agent Joseph K. Boche in the Pawn America shop located in Anoka, Minn.

Special Agent Boche had stopped by the Anoka Pawn America shop to pick up video surveillance and to verify that coins Johnson sold to the shop on Jan. 2 were fake when an employee told him that Johnson was there attempting to sell a 2009-P Australian gold $100 Kangaroo graded Mint State 69 encapsulated in a Numismatic Guaranty Corp. holder. Both the coin and the holder were determined to be counterfeit.

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