Lakewood Man Charged With Counterfeiting Over Fake Postage Stamps

A Lakewood man has been charged with Counterfeiting in connection with a series of events that occurred in Lakewood from October 2023 through March 2024.

This charge is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit, United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and United States Postal Inspection Service. The investigation determined that the man had been purchasing and importing counterfeit United States postage stamps from China and selling them on various online platforms such as Amazon and Walmart. He received multiple notices from United States Customs and Border Protection that the stamps he was ordering and reselling were counterfeit. Despite being notified that the stamps were fake, he continued to import counterfeit stamps in large denominations.

On March 12, law enforcement officers executed a court-authorized search warrant on the Lakewood man’s residence. As a result, Detectives seized a quantity of counterfeit stamps valued in excess of $10,000.  The suspect was taken into custody at his residence without incident; he was transported to the Ocean County Jail, processed, and served with the charge via summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

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