It is a Criminal Violation of State and Federal Law for an individual or a business to sell replica or counterfeit goods.
Try to imagine the shock felt when Mr. Joe Tully took a timepiece he bought from U.S. Money Shops located in Fort Oglethorpe to a local jeweler for a service/overhaul. "I went down to get it serviced at Harry's Watch and Clocks," Tully stated. "He opened it up in front of me and he said this is not Rolex movement and as soon as he did that I drove straight to Fort Oglethorpe and told the guy and they started to say, 'How do we know that you got it from here?'"
When Tully attempted to take the timepiece back for a refund last Saturday, they denied his refund request. "It made me feel like they were belittling me," Tully said. "It made me feel like I wasn't important. It was just an awful experience all the way around." Joe Tully purchased the 700 dollar watch three years ago. And that's where U.S. Money Shops takes exception.
"We can't tell after three years what happened or what didn't happen with that watch," said U.S. Money Shops Senior Vice President Jabo Covert. "It's been out of our custody for over three years. We've got no clue and we wish we could do more. We want all of our customers happy but nobody warrants a used item; sold used; as is; for 3 years."
Tully said he would be satisfied with a refund, but may choose to file a lawsuit if he doesn't receive the refund. "Had that customer brought it back within thirty days, we would've been more than happy to take it back," Covert emphasized. "Certainly, with such a short turn around we would've been able to verify the claims a lot more than after 3 years."
Tully said he filed a report with the Fort Oglethorpe police on Monday.
It is incumbent on pawn shops to examine the goods they are selling to ensure authenticity and to ensure they are not violating State and Federal Criminal Statutes as well as the Lanham Act which protect Trademarks. U.S. Money Shops could be facing some very severe legal penalties. Stay tuned for updates.