Guilty on two counts
BY MARY JANE SKALA COIN WORLD SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty Dollar, was found guilty on two counts this morning in his counterfeiting trial at the federal courthouse in Statesville, N.C.
He was found guilty of making counterfeit coins and an intent to defraud. Sentencing will be held in several months.
The jury reached its decision in less than 90 minutes.
In this week's four days of defense testimony, von NotHaus maintained that his "medallion" was not legal tender. He said each piece contained the NORFED name and telephone number, but the government pointed out that the silver pieces bore a very strong resemblance to legal U.S. tender coins.
Forfeiture hearings began after the verdict was read in regard to property belonging to von NotHaus and others that was seized by the U.S. government. FULL STORY