Stroudsburg, Monroe County - People in the Poconos say an antique shop owner is a con artist who rips people off. Many, including her own mother, are speaking up to stop what they call "criminal behavior."
Christopher Vicari and Manny Comitini said they brought about $30,000 worth of merchandise to Timeless Treasures to sell. But they believe as items sold owner Donna Delvecchio pocketed the profits and hasn't given them their full share of the money. Vicari said, "We repeatedly asked her for money, inventory. We've never received anything."
They met her in court Wednesday to try to demand answers. But moments before the scheduled hearing, Delvecchio provided a list of items she sold. It brought her some time. A judge gave both parties thirty days to try to take inventory and figure out exactly how much Delvecchio owes the couple. [continued below]....
..... Vicari said, "[I'm] not surprised. Just another stall tactic. The truth shall prevail."
A crowd came to court to support Vicari and Comitini. Shirley Peterson said she used to be friends with Delvecchio. She said,"I would have trusted this woman with an unsigned multi million dollar lottery check. It's probably a good thing I never got one." Peterson now claims Delvecchio used her friendship to scam her out of a $7,000 IRS check. She frowned,"I'm just devastated."
Delvecchio's mother said Delvecchio can't be trusted. Carol Schaefer cried,"It's her nature. I hate to say this about my own child." She added,"She took out credit card fraud. She filed bankruptcy in my name."
Schaefer said it was heart wrenching to come forward but she thinks by speaking she could prevent someone else from getting scammed.
Eyewitness News tried to get Donna's side of the story. Friends and family surrounded her as she left the courthouse. They mugged for the camera and made smart remarks as a reporter asked questions.
Just before Delvecchio rushed into her vehicle she said,"Simple answer is it will all come out in court and if you need to find what - to back up anything my mother said, check on the 96-thousand-dollar law suit that is against her."
The courthosue was just about to close when Delvecchio made that comment. Eyewitness News will look into it on Thursday.
Records show Delvecchio plead guilty to theft by deception in New Jersey in 2009.
Here is a link to the original story on the Timeless Treasures situation.
Stroudsburg, Monroe County - Two men from Stroudsburg say Timeless Treasures Antiques owes them thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise. The owner disputes their claims.
"This is all making me really, really sick because this is thirty years worth of furniture that we worked very hard for," said Christopher Vicari of Stroudsburg. He and Manny Comitini say Timeless Treasures sold their antiques but hasn't paid them in full for their share of the profits.
The pair says store owner Donna Delvecchio agreed to sell about $30,000 worth of merchandise for them and also agreed to keep track of what she sold then pay them once a month. Comitini said,"The very first month was a bounced check from her."
The couple claims Delvecchio made sporadic small payments but never paid them in full. She told them their items weren't selling. So they decided to take their items out of her store and try to sell them elsewhere. But when they arrived they say they discovered many of their antiques were gone. Vicari recalled, "We asked her where is the stuff? She said, 'I sold it.'"
According to Vicari she sold it and never paid them for items. They hired an attorney to get their money and their remaining antiques back. Comitini said,"It's frustrating. We trusted her."
It appears many people are frustrated with Delvecchio's financial problems. In 2011 an auction company accused her of writing a bad check for about $600. She paid the company just before her scheduled court date. This January a gift whop accused her of writing a bad check for more than $100. She plead guilty.
In March another gift shop said she wrote a bad check for more than $600. She was supposed to face her accuser in court Wednesday but failed to show up. She said she was in the hospital. Vicari said,"I believe this is another one of her scams. She is a con artist and this is another one of her scams."
Eyewitness News was supposed to meet Donna Delvecchio for an interview Thursday morning. She claimed she has documents to prove her innocence. She cancelled the meeting at the last minute citing health issues. She has not yet provided any documents.