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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Counterfeit Battles Continued in May

One of the 10 fake silver American Eagles sold to an unsuspecting victim who responded to an unsolicited advertisement on Facebook. (Image courtesy of fraud victim.)
A fraudulent advertisement for bullion coins on Facebook, fake encapsulation holders, and requests for expert help from federal agencies kept the non-profit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation busy during May 2020

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Counterfeiting Battles Continued in May: ACEF

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation is working with fraud victims and federal law enforcement agencies   A fraudulent advertisement for bullion coins on Facebook, fake encapsulation holders and requests for expert help from federal agencies kept the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) busy during May 2020. “Among the cases we’re investigating is the sale of 10 fake […]

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Counterfeiting battles continued in May

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation is working with fraud victims and federal law enforcement agencies
(Fallbrook, California) May 26, 2020 — A fraudulent advertisement for bullion coins on Facebook, fake encapsulation holders, and requests for expert help from federal agencies kept the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) busy during May 2020.
One of the 10 fake American Silver Eagles sold to an unsuspecting victim who responded to an unsolicited advertisement on Facebook

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Counterfeiting battles continued in May

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation is working with fraud victims and federal law enforcement agencies
(Fallbrook, California) May 26, 2020 — A fraudulent advertisement for bullion coins on Facebook, fake encapsulation holders, and requests for expert help from federal agencies kept the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) busy during May 2020.
One of the 10 fake American Silver Eagles sold to an unsuspecting victim who responded to an unsolicited advertisement on Facebook

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Counterfeits gone viral: Online sales of fake gold and silver cost public millions

(Temecula, California) April 30, 2020 — The current enormous demand and limited supply of silver and gold bullion coins and other precious metals items during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a breeding ground for the distribution of counterfeits that is costing unsuspecting investors millions of dollars, according to the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) .
“Counterfeiters, using sophisticated online marketing techniques, prey on the emotional fears and anxieties of the public

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Counterfeits gone viral: Online sales of fake gold and silver cost public millions

(Temecula, California) April 30, 2020 — The current enormous demand and limited supply of silver and gold bullion coins and other precious metals items during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a breeding ground for the distribution of counterfeits that is costing unsuspecting investors millions of dollars, according to the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) .
“Counterfeiters, using sophisticated online marketing techniques, prey on the emotional fears and anxieties of the public

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Counterfeit Precious Metals Websites Erupt With Volatility of Market

The March 24, 2020 consumer/investor advisory statement below is from Doug Davis, Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force of the non-profit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF). Mr. Davis is a former Texas police chief. * * * The 11-year low in silver and the uncertainty of the economy during the COVID-19 crisis has triggered the rush […]

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Anti-counterfeiting seminar produces fast, positive results

(Long Beach, California) February 26, 2020 — A seminar for law enforcement officials conducted by the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) during the recent February 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo already has produced positive results in the fight against fakes in the numismatic marketplace.
The seminar’s objective was to bring together representatives of federal and local agencies that come into contact with counterfeits or investigate counterfeits, and educate them about the expert resources available from ACEF’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force to assist during their investigation and prosecution of cases

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Anti-Counterfeiting Seminar Produces Fast, Positive Results

A seminar for law enforcement officials conducted by the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) during the recent February 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo already has produced positive results in the fight against fakes in the numismatic marketplace. The seminar’s objective was to bring together representatives of federal and local agencies that […]

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ACEF Helps Feds Crack Counterfeit Coins Case

Counterfeit Coins Importer Sentenced to 10½ Years in Prison Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation alerted and assisted investigators in the case A federal court judge in Camden, New Jersey has sentenced admitted counterfeit coins importer, Johnathan A. Kirschner, 35, of Moorestown, New Jersey, to 10½ years in prison. After being alerted by members of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational […]

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Counterfeit coins importer sentenced to 10.5 years in prison

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation alerted and assisted investigators in the case
(Camden, NJ) January 29, 2020 — A federal court judge in Camden, New Jersey has sentenced admitted counterfeit coins importer, Johnathan A. Kirschner, 35, of Moorestown, New Jersey, to 10

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Counterfeit coins importer sentenced to 10.5 years in prison

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation alerted and assisted investigators in the case
(Camden, NJ) January 29, 2020 — A federal court judge in Camden, New Jersey has sentenced admitted counterfeit coins importer, Johnathan A. Kirschner, 35, of Moorestown, New Jersey, to 10

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Online Counterfeit Reporting Available from ACEF

The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) now provides collectors, dealers, the general public and victims of suspected fraud with a convenient and secure way to report information about counterfeit coins, bars, holders, rounds, mint products, paper money or other suspicious counterfeit related activities.
“See it? Report it! If you have information about a counterfeit, you can easily go to the ACEF website, www.ACEFonline

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Easily Report Suspected Fakes With Online Help From Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

See it? Report it! The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) now provides collectors, dealers, the general public and victims of suspected fraud with a convenient and secure way to report information about counterfeit coins, bars, holders, rounds, mint products, paper money or other suspicious counterfeit related activities. “See it? Report it! If you have information about […]

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Easily report suspected fakes with online help from Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

(Temecula, California) January 21, 2020 — The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) now provides collectors, dealers, the general public, and victims of suspected fraud with a convenient and secure way to report information about counterfeit coins, bars, holders, rounds, Mint products, paper money, or other suspicious counterfeit related activities.
“See it? Report it! If you have information about a counterfeit, you can easily go to the ACEF website, and click on the Counterfeit Alert tab,” explained Doug Davis, ACEF Director of Anti-Counterfeiting

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Numismatic Crime – Help the Hobby Fight Counterfeit Coins and Other Alerts

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Law Enforcement Education The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) are currently looking for counterfeit examples of the following: Silver and Gold Eagles Boxed Silver and Gold Eagles (Unc, Proof, Boxes, and Certificates) US Mint product counterfeits […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Joins Forces with CrimeDex

The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) has been granted membership into CrimeDex, the world’s largest criminal investigation network composed of more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and criminal investigators across the United States and around the globe. “The CrimeDex platform allows members to send out alerts, develop leads, and track criminal trends and patterns,” […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Joins Forces with CrimeDex

(Temecula, California) October 30, 2019 — The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation has been granted membership into CrimeDex, the world’s largest criminal investigation network composed of more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and criminal investigators across the United States and around the globe.
“The CrimeDex platform allows members to send out alerts, develop leads, and track criminal trends and patterns,” explained Doug Davis, ACEF Director of Anti-Counterfeiting. “CrimeDex members are from all levels of law enforcement including the Secret Service, FBI, U

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ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan to Retire, Assume New Research Role

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, who has served as the executive director of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) since 1999, will be transitioning to a new research curator role at the numismatic non-profit organization headquartered in New York City on November 1. She announced her resignation from her post in […]

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Former police chief, Doug Davis, named anti-counterfeiting director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

Current Director Beth Deisher will step down in September after successful anti-counterfeiting work
(Rosemont, Illinois) August 13, 2019 — Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center and a former Police Chief of the Dallas suburb of Pantego, Texas, has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) to be its next director of Anti-Counterfeiting.
Davis has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and in helping to combat numismatic-related crimes

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Former Police Chief Doug Davis Named Anti-Counterfeiting Director of the ACEF

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Current Director Beth Deisher will step down in September after successful anti-counterfeiting work
(Rosemont, Illinois) August 13, 2019 – Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center and a former Police Chief of the Dallas suburb of Pantego, Texas, has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation to be its next Director of Anti-Counterfeiting.
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Davis has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and in helping to combat numismatic-related crimes. He served the past two years as Chair of the Education-Law Enforcement workgroup for the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force

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Former police chief, Doug Davis, named anti-counterfeiting director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

Current Director Beth Deisher will step down in September after successful anti-counterfeiting work
(Rosemont, Illinois) August 13, 2019 — Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center and a former Police Chief of the Dallas suburb of Pantego, Texas, has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) to be its next director of Anti-Counterfeiting.
Davis has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and in helping to combat numismatic-related crimes

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Skog gets 30 months for selling counterfeit coins

Barry Ron Skog (Photo courtesy Dakota Co. (MN) Sheriff’s Office.)
Minnesota coin dealer Barry Ron Skog, 68, was sentenced July 9th to 30 months in federal prison for carrying out a counterfeit coin fraud scheme in multiple states

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Minnestoa Dealer Sentenced to 30 Months Federal Prison for Selling Counterfeit Coins

Fraud scheme carried out in multiple states, some victims still may be unidentified   By Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) …… Minnesota coin dealer Barry Ron Skog, 68, was sentenced July 9 to 30 months in federal prison for carrying out a counterfeit coin fraud scheme in multiple states. In addition, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, U.S. […]

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Skog gets 30 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit coins

Fraud scheme carried out in multiple states, some victims still may be unidentified
Minnesota coin dealer Barry Ron Skog, 68, was sentenced July 9th to 30 months in federal prison for carrying out a counterfeit coin fraud scheme in multiple states. In addition, Judge Wilhelmina M

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Gold & Silver PAC News – April/May 2019: Online Sales Tax Collection

By John Villavicencio for the Gold & Silver PAC ……   Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator   April showers bring… taxes The tax filing deadline for 2018 has come and gone, but what do you need to know for your 2019 taxes? If you sell on eBay or do business in California, keep […]

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PNG Clarifies Bylaws, Code of Ethics Regarding Counterfeits

Recently adopted anti-counterfeiting language in the Bylaws of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) has been revised to clarify the organization’s commitment to fighting against modern fakes entering the marketplace. PNG leaders also have now amended anti-counterfeiting language in their Code of Ethics. “A few people mistakenly thought our recent Code of Ethics change meant that […]

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Minnesota man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit coins, committing mail fraud

Barry Ron Skog, 68, of Burnsville, Minnesota, pleaded guilty on February 21 to one count of selling counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud in the United States District Court of Minnesota in St. Paul

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PNG Strengthens Anti-Counterfeiting Bylaws, Welcomes 10 New Members

As part of the organization’s anti-counterfeiting efforts, the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) has added additional conduct restrictions to its Code of Ethics regarding involvement with fakes. Four words, indicated here in italics, have been added and are now part of section seven of PNG’s By laws: “To refrain from knowingly participating in, abetting or dealing […]

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Nominations sought for Kreuzer Award

The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) is seeking nominees for its third annual Alan Kreuzer Memorial Award.
This award recognizes vigorous anti-counterfeiting efforts of collectors, dealers, law enforcement agents, or others diligently trying to protect the numismatic marketplace from counterfeit coins and bank notes, as well as fake third-party encapsulation holders, during the past year.
“Previous recipients have included individuals who helped catch counterfeiters or identified suspects selling fakes, or significantly helped combat counterfeiting by generously donating to the foundation,” explained ACEF Executive Director Robert Brueggeman

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Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Coins, Committing Mail Fraud

Barry Ron Skog, 68, of Burnsville, Minnesota, pleaded guilty February 21 to one count of selling counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud in the United States District Court of Minnesota in St. Paul. Skog faces a potential maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment on the count of selling counterfeit coins and a potential […]

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Nominate an anti-counterfeiting crusader for a prestigious honor

(Temecula, California) February 19, 2019 — Do you know someone who has actively helped in the fight against counterfeit coins, banknotes, and/or fake third-party encapsulation holders the past year? The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) is seeking nominees for its third annual Alan Kreuzer Memorial Award.
“This
award is a prestigious honor to recognize the vigorous anti-counterfeiting
efforts of collectors, dealers, law enforcement agents or others who are
diligently trying to protect the numismatic marketplace,” said ACEF Executive
Director Robert Brueggeman

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Nominate an Anti-Counterfeiting Crusader for Prestigious Honor

Do you know someone who has actively helped in the fight against counterfeit coins, banknotes and/or fake third-party encapsulation holders the past year? The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) is seeking nominees for its third annual Alan Kreuzer Memorial Award. “This award is a prestigious honor to recognize the vigorous the vigorous anti-counterfeiting efforts of collectors, […]

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Nominate an anti-counterfeiting crusader for a prestigious honor

(Temecula, California) February 19, 2019 — Do you know someone who has actively helped in the fight against counterfeit coins, banknotes, and/or fake third-party encapsulation holders the past year? The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) is seeking nominees for its third annual Alan Kreuzer Memorial Award.
“This
award is a prestigious honor to recognize the vigorous anti-counterfeiting
efforts of collectors, dealers, law enforcement agents or others who are
diligently trying to protect the numismatic marketplace,” said ACEF Executive
Director Robert Brueggeman

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Sentencing Date Changed for Importer of Counterfeit Coins, Holders

April 25 is the new date for Kirschner’s sentencing hearing   U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler had been scheduled to sentence Jonathan A. Kirschner on February 5 for his admitted crimes of falsely impersonating an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and of unlawfully importing counterfeit coins and […]

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Brett Charville Named as PCGS President

  As part of the strategic plans by parent company Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) to improve and expand services and products for collectors and dealers worldwide, professional numismatist Brett Charville has been named President of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), effective January 1, 2019. “Brett Charville is a respected and hard-working individual who has […]

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PNG leads fight against counterfeits

Just how good fakes, Chinese and otherwise, are getting could be seen in a five-case display at the American Numismatic Association convention in August.
When the going gets tough, the Professional Numismatists Guild steps up and gets going.
It has taken over a foundation to fight counterfeits flooding into the United States

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PNG Steps up Fight Against Fakes With Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

New nonprofit entity created to accept donations for important 2019 work by Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force The Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) accomplished major victories combatting fakes and educating the public about counterfeits in the marketplace in 2018, according to ACTF Coordinator Beth Deisher. She envisions continued success in 2019 following the recent major reorganization of the […]

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$100,000 given to fight fakes

A donation of $100,000 to the Professional Numismatists Guild will go entirely to the hobby’s effort to fight fakes.
Half of the money came from Wayde Milas, RARCOA Chief Executive Officer in Willowbrook, Ill.
Half came from Standard Numismatics LLC President Brett Charville

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PNG leaders step up fight against fakes with Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

New nonprofit entity created to accept donations for important 2019 work by Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force
(Temecula, California) November 29, 2018 — The Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) accomplished major victories combatting fakes and educating the public about counterfeits in the marketplace in 2018, according to ACTF Coordinator Beth Deisher. She envisions continued success in 2019 following the recent major reorganization of the group’s parent organization, the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF)

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PNG takes leadership in fight against fakes

When the going gets tough, the Professional Numismatists Guild steps up and gets going.
It has taken over a foundation to fight counterfeits flooding into the United States.
When the Industry Council For Tangible Assets gave up the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, PNG stepped forward to take leadership

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Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Moves to Foundation

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) …… The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) have jointly announced an agreement to transfer the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) and the position of director of anti-counterfeiting from ICTA to the non-profit 501-C-3 foundation. The transfer became effective November 15. The volunteer […]

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ACEF receives IRS approval, now public charity

The IRS has granted the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) final approval as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and designation as a public charity.
“IRS final approval allows ACEF to move forward in many different directions to raise funds,” said ACEF President Scott Spitzer, CEO of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes

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ICTA appoints six to non-profit foundation board

The board of directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) has appointed six industry leaders to guide the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), the non-profit organization recently formed to receive contributions to support the work of its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.
Scott Spitzer, chief executive officer of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, Inc

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ICTA Appoints Seven to Non-Profit Foundation Board

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… The Board of Directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) has appointed six industry figures to guide the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), the non-profit organization recently formed to receive contributions to support the work of its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. Scott Spitzer [above], chief executive officer of […]

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