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Thursday, February 20, 2014

U.S. Marshals Holding National Jewelry Sale

Solid 24-Karat Gold Nuts and Bolts, Gold and Silver Bullion and Coins, Diamonds, Fine Jewelry and Watches from Federal Crime Cases Nationwide to be Sold via Live and Web Simulcast Auction

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling nearly 300 lots of gold and silver bullion and coins, diamonds, fine jewelry and watches from federal crime cases nationwide in a live and Web simulcast auction Saturday at 12:15 p.m. CST at the Fort
th Convention Center, Texas, and online at

A public preview will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon CST at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Room 204A, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Registration and pre-bidding are open now.

One item of note is lot 5, 23 pieces of 24-karat gold nuts, bolts and other hardware, painted black or silver as a disguise, from a drug case in New Jersey. Weighing just over four pounds (1,818 grams), the starting bid is $54,060.

Some other cases with assets being sold are as follows:

Philip Wooten, former Army staff sergeant stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., stole $210,000 in government funds while deployed in Afghanistan, lot 211, diamond ring set with a starting bid of $29,750

Jean Joseph Ibrahim, former chief financial officer of Trustin Technology in Irvine, Calif., embezzled $15 million from the company, 12 bars of gold bullion (1 kilo each), lots 76, 77, 101, 102, 126, 127, 151-156, worth approximately $500,000 total

Drug-related cases out of northern Texas: gold pellets, lot 264; silver bar, lot 270; and gold bar, lot 271

The U.S. Marshals Service consolidates pieces from cases nationwide and holds a large auction several times a year. Proceeds generated from the auctions are used to compensate victims of crimes and supplement law enforcement programs.

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