Sandwiched between receiving an award, autographing copies of his book and purchasing gold coins to fulfill his customers’ orders, Michael Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion, recently was a keynote speaker at a special training course for Texas law enforcement personnel on the topic of investigating crimes involving rare coins, bullion and jewelry.
Fuljenz provided seminar participants with information on where they can promptly get assistance.
“I gave them specific names of experts and organizations to contact when a theft is reported or a recovery is made, and also provided useful case examples of how law enforcement agencies across the nation have successfully handled different types of numismatic crimes,” explained Fuljenz.
The day-long educational seminar was held on Oct.18 in Dallas in conjunction with the opening of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show. It was organized by the nonprofit Numismatic Crime Information Center, founded by Doug Davis, a former police chief and current city manager of Pantego, Texas.
“Forty-seven local, state and federal investigators including representatives of police and sheriffs’ offices, the FBI, IRS and U.S. Post Office, attended the eight-hour, accredited training session. Prior to this, there has never really been that many resources available to assist them in knowing who can promptly provide quick help, such as alerting dealers nationwide about stolen property or helping to get recovered items to their rightful owners,” said Davis, who thanked Fuljenz for his participation and support.
After the seminar, Fuljenz flew back to his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, to receive the Beaumont Police Department’s Corporate Award. He and his company provide office space for a police substation and assist with a meals-for-police program and an annual Police Department toy drive for underprivileged children.
“Community involvement is the cornerstone of thriving cities everywhere, and I am very proud that Beaumont has so many residents who give back to our community in this way,” stated Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames.
Early the next morning, Fuljenz, a gold expert, flew back to Dallas to be a featured author at the National Money Show and autograph copies of his acclaimed reference book about popular United States gold pieces, Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century.
While in Dallas he also was the guest of Lt. General Nicholas Kehoe, the immediate past president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, at a Medal of Honor Foundation banquet.
The Press Club of Southeast Texas also has honored Fuljenz for his consumer protection work in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau and various news media.