Judge King lays out an incredible tale of fraud and deception in this must-read 58-page order:
One of the greatest transgressions that can be committed against a federal court is to knowingly perpetrate a fraud and to commandeer and manipulate the legal processes to do so. This case involves just such a fraud. What this Court described as the "legal finale to a three-year opera with a stunning libretto'' more than two years ago has come back for an even more stunning--encore.Here's the crux of the scheme -- of course it involves fake sunken treasure (but no Jessica Alba unfortunately):
After nearly a year of discovery into the issue of sanctions, Judge Moore's three-day trial on the subject culminated with a stunning on-the-stand revelation from a subpoenaed witness and a finding by Judge Moore that the whole case had indeed been designed from the beginning to commit a fraud upon the Court:Gotta love this town!
The truth is that in 2010 Miscovich purchased a total of eighty pounds of raw emeralds from JR Emeralds, a jewelry store in Jupiter, Florida. According to the testimony of Jorge Rodriguez ('Rodriguez'), the owner of JR Emeralds, Miscovich purchased the Emeralds over four visits in March, May, August, and September of 20101. Each trip Miscovich purchased approximately 20 pounds of emeralds for approximately twenty thousand dollars for a total of approximately eighty thousand dollars. By purchasing the Emeralds and then "finding them'' at the bottom of the ocean, Miscovich engaged in fraud to vastly increase their value as purported "sunken treasure.''