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Rolex counterfeiting scam alleged in Johnson County

Updated: 2013-08-16T03:35:47Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

An Overland Park jewelry store manager wasn’t buying the guy’s story.

And she wasn’t about to buy the watch that he claimed was a genuine Rolex. After all, it is Alisha Moore’s business to know Rolexes inside and out.

“If it was real and new and in as good a condition as this one was, it was worth a lot more than what he was asking for it,” Moore said of her encounter Wednesday with the would-be watch salesman.

Moore’s suspicion became a certainty when he announced he had another one in his vehicle.

“People just don’t have an extra Rolex stashed in their car,” she said.

Overland Park police were called, and Moore stalled the man long enough for officers to arrest him.

On Thursday, Johnson County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Frank Salvador Alvarado of Chicago with possession with intent to sell counterfeit Rolex watches and attempted felony theft by deception.

Alvarado appeared Thursday afternoon in court, where a judge set his bond at $10,000. He also is being held on a theft warrant from Harris County, Texas, according to jail records.

Moore said that while Alvarado was in her store, she called an area Rolex wholesaler and discovered that a Kansas City jeweler had purchased a counterfeit Rolex earlier Wednesday. A report on that incident was made to Kansas City police Thursday morning, according to police records.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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