He said he's already paid $200,000+.
Christopher Kaufmann, a Florida jeweler who found himself in financial turmoil amid accusations that he didn't pay clients what he owed them, is behind the jewelry counter again.
He's working for his sister's Palm Beach store, Kaufmann de Suisse, the Palm Beach Daily News reports.
Kaufmann landed in his new role "after fending off more than a dozen civil lawsuits and keeping at bay a Florida Attorney General complaint that sought to 'forever' prevent him from consigning jewelry in the state," according to the newspaper.
Kaufmann's sister, Monica Kaufmann, said he's not involved with cash or the books in her business. She said she decided to let him work for her so he can clear his debts.
The two had previously been estranged for several years.
Kaufmann’s Le Salon jewelry store, which was located in the upscale Worth Avenue district of Palm Beach, closed in October. Kaufmann had the previous month became the subject of a complaint by the Florida attorney general, who said he took jewelry from consumers “through a deceptive consignment scheme.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi said at the time there were at least 17 victims owed a total of well over $500,000.
Kaufmann has faced several lawsuits from plaintiffs who claim he owes them money or jewelry.
Kaufmann told the newspaper that he's already paid back more than $200,000 and that "slowly but surely I will pay everybody off, pay everybody back." The exact total of his debts is not clear.
Read more at the Palm Beach Daily News