The men, dressed in construction site clothing, told the victim they had discovered a wooden box while breaking ground at a construction site and that a note, old Chinese coins, paper currency and gold ingots were found inside. The victim was presented with the note which she translated. It appeared to be a last Will and Testament of a man who lived in Denver many years ago. The finder of the box was directed to locate and give half the contents to his son and the finder would keep the remainder.
The suspects then pulled several gold ingots from a bag for the victim’s inspection saying that she could have them tested to see if they were real. The suspects asked the victim if she could sell the ingots for them for $180,000 and if she agreed, she could have half the money. This was considered a great deal as the so-called gold ingots were worth much more. The victim contacted Denver Police and the suspects were arrested without incident.
The suspects are identified as Dejun Xu (D.O.B. 11-2-1965), Yawen Yang (D.O.B. 4-9-1965), and Fuyan Li (D.O.B. 10-8-1968) for Investigation of Attempted Theft and Forgery.
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