Mission police and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office are warning anyone who bought gold bars through Craigslist that they may be counterfeit. Purchasers should take them to a reputable gold dealer to have them appraised.
One person has been charged with felony theft and unlawful acts concerning computers in Johnson County District Court, according to the district attorney’s office.
The investigation started in Mission when a victim came forward, said Capt. Dan Madden of the Mission Police Department. That case is not charged as yet, but charges are anticipated. Madden said police presume that “several people in the metro may have purchased the counterfeit gold.” It won’t be known how many people are affected until they are made aware of the possibility. Police would like to find out if there are other unknowing victims.
The bars in question are generally one ounce or less in weight, Madden said.
Jeremy Kimmel of Kansas City, Kan., has been charged by the district attorney. He appeared in court Wednesday and posted bond. Anyone else who finds they have purchase a counterfeit product, should contact Mission police, the district attorney’s office said.