Portland decider sentences Philly blockade in coast-to-coast diamond-theft ring
December 10, 2014 - accent chair
A Portland jeweler urged a sovereign decider Wednesday to send a clever summary to a Philadelphia businessman who fenced millions of dollars of stolen gems, including dual solid rings — valued during $147,500 — ripped right out of his store.
David Margulis hoped a decider would levy a meaningful judgment on Philly jeweler Eric Janovsky, 44, who had regularly paid money for high-value diamonds that a rope of thieves literally ran off — sometimes in weird fashion — during a jet environment run from Florida to Oregon.
“This is where we have to cut it off during a source,” Margulis told U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez, cocking a ride during Janovsky, who assigned a chair only spitting stretch away. “I’d like to know who these guys are offered to.”
So would a FBI.
The association for that Janovsky worked, Three Gold Brothers, that sits in Philadelphia’s famed Jeweler’s Row, concluded in justice papers to concur with a FBI’s ongoing follow-the-diamonds investigation.
Janovsky, a splay male in a dim suit, sat during a invulnerability list as his counsel sang his praises as an honest male who done a mistake and is now perplexing to make things right.
Dennis J. Cogan, in a clever Philly accent, described his customer as an model father and a son holding caring of his inept father, a male with no rapist credentials whose tumble came in a arise of financial miseries, basin and divorce. This is a man, he said, who would never, ever violate a law again.
When it was his spin to speak, Janovsky (pronounced Yah-NOV-skee), was brief.
“Any excuses we make would be disingenuous,” he said, apologizing for what he described as a foolish mistake and acknowledging he was “ashamed.”
Hernandez confronted dual choices.
Cogan had asked him to judgment his customer to probation, that would make it easier for him to continue profitable behind a $539,843 he had betrothed to compensate in compensation to his victims.
Government prosecutors Michelle Holman Kerin and Scott Kerin, a wife-husband duo, had endorsed a judgment that would send a summary to fences that if they bought stolen goods, they would go to prison. They asked Hernandez to judgment Janovsky to 15 months, a tenure divided equally between jail and home confinement.
“He’s a really decent tellurian being who done a very, really bad set of choices,” Hernandez conspicuous as he prepared to levy Janovsky’s sentence. “I stress that it was a set of choices.”
Hernandez went with a supervision recommendation: 7 months 15 days in prison, 7 months, 15 days in home confinement.
— Bryan Denson