The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) board of directors approved at their Jan. 4 board meeting the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force committee to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials on the economic impact and growing threat counterfeit circulating, collectible, and bullion coins pose to the collecting community as well as the public at large.

RICHMOND, IN - Indiana State Excise Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the sale of counterfeit silver coins in Fayette and Union counties.

Dennis Heavilon, 65, of Richmond, was arrested Wednesday morning and faces preliminary felony charges that include corrupt business influence, counterfeiting, forgery and theft.

WINNIPEG, CANADA - If you're planning on buying gold bars anytime soon, Winnipeg police are advising extra caution after a series of "suspicious transactions" at locations in the city.

EDMONTON, CANADA - The Edmonton Police Service issued a warning Monday about a counterfeit gold scam in the city after an investigation uncovered thousands of dollars in fake gold bars that have also shown up elsewhere in western Canada.

BANGOR, ME - A Waterville man who sold counterfeit coins was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to serve 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Mwashuma M. Sithole, 32, was sentenced by Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. in U.S. District Court in Bangor for the crime, to which he pleaded guilty on May 9, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice that cites U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

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