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$100,000+ in Jewelry Stolen From Shopping Network; Employee Arrested

Authorities say the case involved “exorbitant amounts of pawn transaction.”




More than $100,000 in jewelry disappeared from America’s Auction Channel in Florida over the course of a half-year, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Authorities say the case involved “exorbitant amounts of pawn transaction.” Two people, including one who worked for the company, have been arrested on charges of “scheme to defraud,” according to the Times.

Authorities say Reco Wallace of St. Petersburg conducted the pawn transactions. They allege that Monique Bigelow, who was in charge of jewelry intake for America’s Auction Channel, had removed items from inventory.

To prevent her actions from being noticed, Bigelow altered the values and amounts of the jewelry, authorities allege.

Wallace and Bigelow were each held on $100,000 bond in Pinellas County.

The jewelry in the case is said to be worth between $100,000 and $200,000.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times



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