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Cops: Queens man sold fake coins for cash

Allen Natanel, 27, of Queens, is charged with ten counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Queens man was arrested Wednesday morning after cops said he sold 99 fake coins to a Garden City jewelry store in exchange for cash, according to a March 5 Nassau County police news release.

Allen Natanel, 27, of 67-17 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, was arrested at his home Wednesday morning and charged with ten counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Police allege Natanel walked into Frucci Jewelers at 18 Nassau Blvd. in Garden City on Jan. 31 and sold the owner 100 Morgan Silver Dollars for “an unspecified amount of money.” The shopkeeper later discovered 99 of the coins were counterfeit, authorities said.

Natanel was awaiting arraignment Wednesday morning at First District Court in Hempstead. At press time, he was in being held custody and could not be reached for comment.

Attempts to reach a company listed in public records – supposedly operating at his home address – were unsuccessful.