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Pete mentioned in the previous thread that a certain "mechanic" built as many as 100 dated Imperial Navies. I know this is true because I briefly owned one. It came to me indirectly from another dealer. When I was wised up to this, I was able to trade it back to the dealer for a good piece. He really thought is was right. I therefore got a very cheap lesson on this fellow. He has been at this large scale faking for at least 15 years that I know of. From other threads on the Luger sites, I see that he is very much still in business and plying his trade as usual. As big as he is at this fraudulent game, he is probably still just the number 2 faker in the US. Therefore, I have two questions of the membership: First, has this large influx of fake dated navies devalued the originals in the collectors' market? Second, for those with backgrounds in the legal business, why, after so many years and so many fakes has this person and those like him not been prosecuted and put out of business? The advent of the internet and resultant exchange of information has no doubt hurt these crooks but they are still there. Appreciate your input.