/ Modified nov 2, 2015 8:41 a.m.

Fake Indian Jewelry Sales Net Three Arrests in New Mexico

Albuquerque shop owner, employee, wholesaler charged under indian Arts and Crafts Act.

Turquoise (PHOTO: Arizona State Museum)

Listen:

LISTEN

Three New Mexicans have been charged in what federal authorities said was a plot to sell Filipino-made jewelry that was falsely advertised as Native American.

Authorities said two shops in Albuquerque's Old Town sold thousands of dollars worth of fake Native American jewelry since 2012.

The owner, Nael Ali, and an employee were charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, a federal law that protects the authenticity of Native American crafts. Also arrested was a wholesale jeweler who allegedly supplied the imitation jewelry, which officials said was made in the Philippines.

Ali allegedly sold that jewelry to undercover agents at stores in Albuquerque and Scottsdale, officials said.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona