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Fake gold bars allegedly sold by Bend teens (Photo: Bend police)BEND, Ore. (AP) – Police have arrested two teenagers in Central Oregon for allegedly selling fake gold bars to unsuspecting adults in the past year.
The boys allegedly bought the look-alike gold bars online and sold them as authentic bars to men ranging in age from 29 to 65.
Police say the teens brought in more than $50,000 selling the counterfeit gold to adults in Bend and Redmond who were looking to buy the precious metal on Craigslist.
Police first heard reports of the transactions in late February and say additional reports were made in March identifying the suspects.
Bend Police said in a news release that officers arrested two 17-year-old boys Tuesday on multiple counts of aggravated theft by deception and conspiracy.
Police: ‘Sophisticated’ Bend juveniles sold fake gold bars online, earned $50K
as informed in Police say the boys bought the artificial gold bars online, then re-sold them to Bend residents as authentic gold bars during the past year via Craigslist.
Two juveniles from Bend are accused of selling fake gold bars via Craigslist and earning $50,000 in the process.
Police urge anyone who has purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars between July 2016 and March 21, 2017 from an unauthorized dealer to call 541-693-6911.
The pair were “sophisticated” in using multiple ways to conceal their identities and scheme, police said.
The boys were arrested earlier this month on charges of theft by deception, felony computer crime, felony criminal conspiracy and aggravated theft.
Oregon teens buy fake gold bars, sell as real thing to duped customers
as informed in The juveniles are accused of using websites to buy artificial gold bars that resembled authentic gold bars and selling the bars as genuine to Bend residents over the past year.
Bend police have arrested a pair of 17-year-old boys and accused them of selling artificial gold bars as the real thing to unsuspecting customers.
Bend police recovered some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.
The suspects received over $50,000 in cash and other goods for the artificial gold, according to a Bend Police Department news release.
Bend police received a first report on Feb. 24 regarding gold bars.