Three New Mexico residents accused of selling Filipino-made jewelry as Native American

Three New Mexico residents have been accused of selling Filipino-made jewelry as Native American jewelry violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

 

Fifty one year old, Nael Ali, fifty three year old, Mohammad Abed Manasra, and forty one year old Christina Bowen and being charged with three violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act facing a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Ali is the owner of two Old Town jewelry stores that claimed to specialize in Native American jewelry, both stores were raided by authorities.

 

The Indian Arts Craft Act prohibits the sale or display of any goods in a manner that falsely suggests that it is an Indian product.

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