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A Williamsville jeweler this morning at a brief village court hearing waived his right to a felony hearing. Now the case against him for allegedly selling fake gems is moving to a higher court with a possible grand jury review.

Paul Blarr, 47, owner of RSNP Diamond Exchange in Williamsville, is cooperating with the Erie County District Attorney’s office and working with customers who bought fake diamonds, according to his attorney, Charles Marchese.

Marchese portrayed his client as a victim as well, “spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy gems he thought were real.

Marchese insisted that a jeweler would not spend that kind of money to then sell fake gems he knew were fake.

Blarr appeared before Justice Jeffrey Voekl. Several of Blarr’s alleged victims also were in the courtroom at the brief proceeding.

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