SYRACUSE, NY - Two men have admitted selling nearly 1,300 counterfeit silver dollar coins at eight pawn shops in just two days in Syracuse and elsewhere in Central New York.


Williams Jaimes Thompson-Reinaud and Carlos Jezan Leon-Barahona pleaded guilty last week in Syracuse federal court to conspiring to defraud the pawn shop owners by selling the fake coins May 7 and 8 for a total of nearly $26,000.

Thompson-Reinaud and Leon-Barahona admitted they'd sold or possessed 2,755 fake silver dollars.

Syracuse police officers had been interviewing pawn shop owners about the counterfeit sales May 9 when one of the owners notified the officers that the two men were walking on North Salina Street, according to affidavit filed by U.S. Secret Service Special Agent John Szydlik.

Thompson-Reinaud and Leon-Barahona had 338 counterfeit silver dollars in plastic bags when the officers stopped them, the affidavit said.

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