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March 16, 2013

Probation for metal dealer, must pay restitution

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As a result of those violations and a series of prior incidents for which he was not criminally charged, the city revoked his secondhand dealer’s license last year.

According to police reports, Gina Masella, 29, had been staying with her boyfriend, Michael DeFort, and their young child in the victim’s Linden Street home. DeFort was the son of a friend of the victim and was down on his luck, so the woman had taken them in.

But in late January 2012, the woman noticed that she was missing many valuables, including a $20,000 diamond ring, a Rolex watch and other jewelry, along with coins, silverware she’d received as a young bride, and the family heirlooms, antique serving pieces that had been passed down through generations, according to police reports.

Masella is now facing trial this spring on charges that she sold some of the items in Beverly; other items were sold to a gold-buying kiosk in Peabody.

Hamilton police discovered transaction sheets among the items Masella and DeFort had left behind before leaving the state, and Sgt. Stephen Trepanier followed up with Maroskos, who confirmed five transactions with Masella.

But over the next few days, as Trepanier and Beverly Detective Sgt. Jeff Liacos tried to speak to Maroskos about the missing items, he was less than forthcoming, according to police reports. He suggested that it was a mix-up, then told officers that the items were in Attleboro, but refused to answer questions about specifically where they had been sent so that police could try to recover them.

It was only after one of his employees agreed to speak to the investigators that they confirmed that Maroskos had ordered him not to document and report the transactions and to immediately toss the silver into a bucket of other metal items to be sent to a refinery.

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