- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Pittsfield jeweler who defrauded his customers out of $350,000 to fuel his gambling and drug addictions has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1EYvO9Z ) reports that Mark Yannone was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to 16 charges, including 14 counts pf larceny.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Yannone, while operating M. Joseph Jewelers, at times accepted money for purchases, only to ship customers empty boxes or nothing at all; took customers’ jewelry on consignment and failed to pay them a share of any sale; and in one case sent worthless metal painted gold to a customer who had paid for $25,000 for gold bars.

Yannone apologized in court and blamed his addictions but the judge appeared skeptical.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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