Today I as well was called by Mr. Cinnamo who asked me to fax the invoices to him so he can built a restitution case for the July sentencing. I'm also going to include the evaluation sheet used by Steven, my jeweler, and my own Excel sheet where I was calculating "gain" over time for each piece. This goes for anyone else who is a victim as well. If you are reading this and are a victim, call Mr. Richard Cinnamo at the phone number in an earlier post in this thread and tell him your details, then get him the information he needs.
When I heard that word "restitution" that was music to my ears. Although there is not absolute certainty in it, I must acknowledge.
Prospector, I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds like your monetary contribution was far greater than mine. I am not bankrupt, but as I said, the initial amount I contributed (and the supposed gains from it) were nearly my entire nest egg, which was/is going to be a huge down payment on a house. But the fact that there has been one arrest so far, that there is a case, that the arrested pleaded guilty, and that a case for restitution is being built, shows that there is very concrete hope. As well as the fact that there could be more arrests in the case since Eisenberg could be a lead. Maybe his arrest really did
scare the crap out of the Lucas-Van Zenten people, and they left the company not as part of their M.O., but because they feared arrest. Ha ha!
As for being made a fool of--just shrug it off. Seeming a fool is only as big of a deal as a person thinks it is. So shrink it down to a grain of salt, then toss it away. What matters is getting the money back and getting justice served, isn't it?
The bottom line is this: There is a case that is proceeding strongly
in the victims' favor. This is exactly
what we want to happen. As far as we know, this case could escalate and get all of the people who got us. Would that be sweet or what?