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Men Who Fenced Stolen Diamonds, Including 47th St Dealer, Sentenced to 15+ Years  September 22, 2021 (0 comments)


Dallas, TX—Five men who purchased jewelry stolen from traveling diamond salespeople have been sentenced to a combined 190 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $7 million in restitution, announced Prerak Shah, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Image: New York City's famed "diamond district" on West 47th Street.

The five men are:

The men “fenced” jewels obtained in robberies committed by a so-called “South American Theft and Robbery Group (SATG),”  a violent criminal enterprise that targets traveling jewelry salespeople nationwide. According to court documents, the men were involved in laundering money for a band of violent jewel thieves, including several who robbed a traveling jewelry salesman at gunpoint before beating him to death in Irving, Texas. 

In plea papers, Lopez admitted that he regularly flew from his hometown in Bogotá, Colombia, to Texas to meet up with the robbers to purchase stolen jewelry. He then either returned to Colombia to sell it at his shop or traveled to New York City to sell or melt down the jewelry. In March 2018, special agents from the FBI Dallas Field Office’s Violent Crime Task Force arrested Lopez at a New York airport upon his entry into the country after his arrival from Bogotá.

Corredor, a Queens, NY resident who went by the name “Mono” admitted he connected Lopez with the robbers and helped broker the sales. On one occasion, he handed one of the robbers a bag of cash in exchange for several stolen Rolex watches. He admitted he knew the jewelry was stolen and took a portion of the illicit proceeds. 

Riveron admitted he traveled from his home in Miami, FL to Texas and other states in order to purchase stolen diamonds from the robbers. Knowing he could turn a profit by reselling the jewelry, he purchased items below market value, making upfront cash down-payments to the robbers and funneling subsequent cash payments through aiders and abettors in Colombia. 

Pinkhasov, who owned a jewelry store in Miami, admitted that he helped move stolen diamonds across state lines, from Texas to Florida and New York. Pinkhasov admitted to purchasing stolen diamonds and jewelry from Colombian SATG members twice in 2015.  

Alishaev, a prominent jewelry dealer in New York City’s Diamond District, admitted that he agreed to purchase stolen diamonds from Pinkhasov. 

Between 2016 and 2018, through multiple indictments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas charged a total of 20 SATG robbers who targeted traveling diamond and jewelry salesmen throughout the United States. All 20 have been convicted and sentenced.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office, Miami Field Office, and New York Field Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joe Magliolo and Ryan Raybould (fmr.) prosecuted the case against the fences with help from Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Robinson, who prosecuted the Hobbs Act robbery case against the jewel thieves.  

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