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Woman alleges coin collectors unlawfully purchase, sell stolen items

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 19, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing the owners of a coin collection store for allegedly unlawfully selling stolen products.

Jenny Mawhee filed a complaint on June 14 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Rick Fudge and Loretta Fudge, doing business as T and E Coin, alleging they routinely purchase gold jewelry from individuals with no legal ownership of the items.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2013, she had personal property stolen from her, including jewelry and other custom pieces, that amounted to $25,000. Mawhee claims the items were sold to the defendants for $1,000. She alleges the defendants refused to return the stolen items. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants routinely purchase from people not likely to have legal ownership of the items. 

Mawhee also alleges the defendants pay pennies on the dollar for the items and either melt them down or destroy them and sell them for scrap. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages in excess of $25,000, punitive damages in the amount of ten times the actual damages, plus costs of the suit, and such other further and different relief as allowed by law. 

She is represented by Thomas G. Maag of Maag Law Firm, LLC in Wood River.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-836

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