Jewelry Supplier is Acquitted

A federal jury on Thursday acquitted a Miami jewelry supplier who was accused of laundering millions of dollars in gold sales to Colombian drug dealers.

The Defendants, the owner of the jewelry supply company, and the office manager, were found not guilty on all eight counts of money laundering, filing false tax forms and conspiracy.

Attorneys for the Defendant, a former president of The Shul of Bal Harbour, said he was the target of an undercover government sting that they characterized as “anti-Semitic.”

During the three-week trial, the lawyers proved the Defendant had no idea the Colombians’ money was dirty, showing that his third-generation family business reported all of its sales, income and taxes.