BUFFALO, NY - Amherst Police have received hundreds of complaints from customers who purchased diamond jewelry from a Williamsville jeweler. Assistant Chief Charles Cohen says "over 130 are verified fraud complaints."
Paul Blarr, owner of RSNP Diamond Exchange on Main Street in Williamsville, was charged and arraigned on grand larceny and scheme to defraud. He is accused of selling fake diamonds. Blarr pleaded not guilty to several felonies in Williamsville Village Court. The case will now be moved to Erie County court.
Blarr's attorney, Charles Marchese, says Blarr was actually a victim himself. "RSNP has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last couple of years on the purchase of diamonds," said Marchese. "They were purchased based on the belief they were real."
Marchese asked people who had bought fake diamonds to be patient, and said that the business would try to make it up to them.
Meanwhile, there are many customers who gave Blarr jewelry to sell or repair and they cannot contact him. Cohen told 2 On Your Side, there is a fear some of the items may have been sold to pawn shops.