RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON DUBLIN JEWELRY STORE OWNER FOR THEFT INVOLVING 36 VICTIMS AND JEWELRY VALUE IN EXCESS OF $300,000
Posted on 4/18/2018
Defendant: Charles Michael Hush
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This long time Dublin jewelry store owner took the jewelry and/or the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry from 36 victims with the estimated value of the jewelry being in excess of $300,000.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a RICO indictment against Charles Michael Hush, age 64, for one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F-1), eight counts of Theft (F-4), seventeen counts of Theft (F-5), one count of Theft (M-1), four counts of Theft From a Person in a Protected Class (F-3), five counts of Theft From a Person in a Protected Class (F-4), and one count of Theft From a person in a Protected Class (F-5), for a total of thirty seven counts. Hush was the owner of the Jewelry Refinery located at 12 E. Bridge Street in Dublin. It is alleged that between October 18, 2014 through May 3, 2016, victims would bring various forms of jewelry to the store to sell. “Hush would agree to sell the jewelry on a consignment basis where he would keep a percentage from the sale. Hush was selling the jewelry but not giving any of the proceeds of the sales to the victims,” O’Brien stated. The total amount of estimated value of the jewelry from all the victims was over $300,000. “The victims range in age between approximately 25 to 86 years old,” O’Brien further stated.