Schererville man accused of fake coin sale
A Schererville man is accused of selling fake rare silver dollar coins in December.
John Paul Garcia, 45, is charged with forgery, a Class D felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony; and misdemeanor failure to return to the scene of a crash.
The victim had responded to an advertisement on Craigslist to buy 200 Morgan dollars at $22 per coin. Morgan dollars are silver dollar coins minted between 1878 and 1904 and in 1921. The victim and Garcia met in the parking lot of the McDonald’s located at 1855 U.S. 41, and the victim received 180 Morgan dollars in exchange for $3,600 cash. Garcia drove away in a yellow 2002 Pontiac Firebird, and the victim photographed his license plate number. The victim took the coins to a Lansing, Ill., jewelry store, where the coins were determined to be fake.
The car was registered in Garcia’s name with a Schererville address, which turned out to be a vacant house
The victim set up another meeting with Garcia on Feb. 5 to purchase some tire rims. As police closed in, Garcia fled in a black Mustang. Headed west on U.S. 30, Garcia hit a truck in Dyer and a tree in Illinois before bailing out. He fled on foot, but he was quickly arrested.