- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged an Ocean View couple with selling counterfeit gold bars and coins.

Authorities say financial crime detectives began an investigation last week after victims came forward.

Authorities allege that 41-year-old Paul Micaletti and 34-year-old Heather Micaletti had sold more than $35,000 in counterfeit gold to people who thought they were purchasing real gold after using an online site where private parties buy and sell various items.

Police say Paul Micaletti told victims his father-in-law had passed away and that the gold bars and coins belonged to his estate, and that Micaletti used a fake invoice to dupe victims.

The Micalettis were charged with forgery, theft by false pretense and conspiracy, and released on $20,500 unsecured bail.

It was not immediately clear whether they have attorneys.

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