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ICTA task force to fight counterfeits

The fight against fakes launched by the Industry Council for Tangible Assets in January has been fleshed out.

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It has created an 11-member Steering Committee as well as eight Work Groups to begin the work of its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.

Director of the task force is retired Coin World editor Beth Deisher.

The goal of the new task force is to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. and world coinage. According to ICTA this will be done by educating officials on the economic impact and growing threat of counterfeit circulating, collectible and bullion coins.

“We are extremely pleased to have leaders step forward and volunteer their time and expertise as we begin working with various levels of law enforcement to combat counterfeiting,” Deisher said.

Joe De Rosa, Loomis International (US) Inc., is serving as chair of the Steering Committee.

Its other members are: Simon Codrington, Hugh Wood Inc.; Bill Daddio, retired chief of the U.S. Mint Police; Bob Brueggeman, executive director, Professional Numismatist Guild; Michael Fuljenz, Universal Coins & Bullion; John Schuch II, Numismatic Guaranty Corp.; Mark Stephenson, Professional Coin Grading Service; Scott Schwartz, Fidelitrade, Scott Dagen, Dillon-Gage; Greg Allen, Greg Allen Coins LLC; and Dr. Ute Wartenberg-Kagin, researcher and expert in ancient coins.

Each member of the Steering Committee will lead or co-lead a work group, according to Deisher. These will be comprised of experts who will be taking on specific projects and assignments.

Experts who will join the Steering Committee in the work groups include: Joe Boche, Special Agent, Minn. Dept. of Commerce/Fraud Bureau; Joseph E. Boling, paper money specialist, U.S. and foreign; researcher and author; Doug Davis, Numismatic Crime Network; Bob Campbell, All About Coins, counterfeit detection instructor; Jeff Garrett, Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries, American Numismatic Association president; Kenneth Gubin, retired Chief Counsel of the U.S. Mint; Jimmy Hayes, former member of Congress and ICTA lobbyist; Barry Stuppler; Barry Stuppler and Co. Inc., incoming president of PNG; Fred Weinberg, Fred Weinberg & Co., error coin specialist; and Mary Lannin, independent numismatic researcher.

The eight work groups are:

• Law Enforcement Liaison
• Expert Networks
• Education
• Research
• Packaging Security
• Transport and Storage Security
• Laws and Regulations
• Finance and fundraising

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