BUFFALO, NY - The total number of victims grows in a jewelry scheme that according to prosecutors has affected 217 people. Paul Blarr, the former Amherst jeweler admitted to new charges Monday of grand larceny and fraud.
"I feel very badly for him, he's ruined his life among other people's and there's no winner here," said Katie Eberlin, who's one of many victims of Blarr, who sold fake diamonds to customers and defrauded many of them of tens of thousands of dollars.
Blarr operated out of two businesses Amherst Diamond Exchange and R.S.N.P. Diamond Exchange, both of which he owned.
"It really goes beyond dollars and cents for a lot of the victims, because these things that were precious to people," said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.
Anniversary and wedding rings -- pieces of jewelry that people treasured -- turned out to be fakes.