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Thief Swapped CZ for Diamonds at Jewelry Stores in 5 States

He’ll serve a prison term and pay $89,000 in restitution.

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A judge in Michigan has issued a two-year prison sentence to a man who was accused of swapping fake diamonds for real ones in five states.

Demetrius Eugene Woodson, 28, will also have to pay $89,000 in restitution, Mlive.com reports. He pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S.

Woodson and an accomplice, Rosean Levell Rogers, entered Jared stores as customers and, when employees were distracted, traded cubic zirconia for genuine diamonds, authorities said.

The crimes occurred in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and New Jersey.

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Woodson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kalamazoo. He is already serving a prison term for witness retaliation, according to Mlive.com.

Rogers was sentenced to time served, along with two years of supervised release. He’s required to pay $15,000 in restitution.

Read more at Mlive.com

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