Restitution secured for military victims of jewelry scam

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State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday, Nov. 11, that his office has secured full restitution for victims of a pair of jewelry retailers convicted of running a credit scheme that preyed on active- duty military families. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Nov. 1, ordered defendants Ramil Abalkhad, owner of Romano’s Jewelers, and his wife Melina, owner of MBNB Financial Inc., to pay the victims $16,440 by no later than May 4, 2020. According to prosecutors, the Abalkhads, who operated several retail outlets in California, including stores near U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, targeted young Marines and sailors, encouraging them to make purchases using MBNB Financial for credit. A criminal complaint in the case accuses Ramil Abalkhad of failing to provide bo
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