On 6/16/16, a Ventura jewelry store owner named Ara Ghazarian, 54 was arrested. He is accused of switching customer’s diamonds with moissanite. In May 2016, one of Ghazarian’s customers knew something was wrong with her ring. When she took it to second jeweler, he informed her that the diamond was replaced with moissanite. Another victim had a similar experience, when a family heirloom ring was replaced with moissanite. Ghazsrian was arrested on two counts of grand theft.

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