AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – “Leave my children out of this.”
That’s the message from Nicole Blarr, the wife of a man who admitted to selling fake diamonds to almost 90 people.
She says she understands why people are mad, but they should express that to her husband Paul Blarr when he appears in court.
“I have more people standing in the street, taking pictures of the house, taking pictures of our cars. We had a lot of confrontations on my front lawn,” she said.
Nicole says after one angry customer showed up at her Amherst home, her 7-year-old daughter ran upstairs and created a sign about her dad that planned to post on the door. It reads: “Hey everybody, please don’t hurt daddy. I am 7-years-old. He didn’t do anything bad people. He did not ever to you, just don’t hurt him.”
The Blarrs have two young girls.
“They don’t even know that their dad is going be gone,” said Nicole. “How do you tell a kid?”
Paul Blarr faces anywhere from one to 50y years in prison on his plea to grand larceny and scheming to defraud by selling fake diamonds to nearly 90 customers.
“They were angry; they thought there was money hidden in the house,” said Nicole.
But she says the reality is, in the eight years she’s been married to Paul, they’ve taken only two trips, both times visiting the Caribbean. They drive two average cars, which they lease.
“We were just a normal family, which is why when this happened, I was shocked.”
She says the $630,000 that prosecutors say customers were overcharged for fake diamonds was sunk right back into his RSNP Diamond Exchange in Williamsville.
“That money went into a failing business. There’s nothing I can give them.”
Now she’s picked up a waitress job to support the girls.
“I don’t think that them being collateral damage is what anybody means to happen, but that’s exactly what is happening.”
Paul Blarr is scheduled for sentencing October 6.