MANATEE -- A Manatee County pawn shop has been ripped off by a jewelry fraud artist.
Officials with America's Super Pawn, 5612 15th St. E., say they paid out $550 for what they thought was a 10-karat gold chain with charms, but which turned out to be worthless metal, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.
The transaction occurred on Oct. 1, but the pawn shop manager was just notified Tuesday by the company's jewelry analysis expert that the gold chain was fake and of no value, the report states.
The pawn shop manager notified the sheriff's office.
It is believed the subject who sold the necklace has sold other fake jewelry to pawn shops throughout Manatee and Sarasota, the report adds.