WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The attorney for a local jeweler accused of selling fake diamonds out of his shop on Main Street in Williamsville says his client is also a victim.
Amherst Police say Paul Blarr, owner of RSNP Diamond Exchange, was selling customers fake diamonds. Tracey DiGiacomo left her jewelry with Blarr for repairs and was shocked to find out the store was closed.
She said, “You feel betrayed. You put your trust in him…you feel betrayed.”
Another woman who did not want to share her identity says she was heartbroken to find out the diamond in her engagement ring is an imposter.
She explained, “Just shock, really just a lot of shock over the past two days. We’ve known him for 15 years.At first, kind of feeling bad for him that he’s in this situation. Now just concerned about getting any restitution because there are so many victims.”
Blarr’s lawyer, Charles Marchese says, there was a plan to open a new store on Sweet Home Road but that is now on hold.
DiGiacomo said, “It’s a shame many people brought jewelry to him, trusted him.”
Marchese said it’s too early to comment on whether customers will be reimbursed, and though he refused to elaborate, he claimed his client is also a victim. He says those details will come out in court.
The woman who learned her engagement diamond was a fake said, “To me it’s not indicative of our love for each other, so it’s just when you work hard and take a lot of time to save up that kind of money, to have to come up with it again is not anything you really want to be doing.”