In a recent court ruling on February 1, 2024, one of the proprietors of Top Dollar Pawn has been convicted of engaging in a pattern of racketeering, which is classified as a class-two felony. Additionally, she was found guilty of multiple counts of money laundering. However, it is worth noting that she was acquitted of the charge of theft.
The trial for Mischa Jargowsky, who is one of the owners of Top Dollar Pawn, lasted for several days until the jury finally reached their verdict.
In June 2022, the Colorado Springs Police Department conducted multiple search warrants as part of an investigation into a criminal organization engaged in the sale of high volumes of stolen property at Top Dollar Pawn. The investigation encompasses both the Colorado Springs and Pueblo locations.
Prosecutors have filed an indictment in the Fourth Judicial District, claiming that Jargowsky participated in a consistent practice of purchasing and selling stolen property. Jargowsky, along with her husband and two others, are allegedly involved in concealing the fact that these items were stolen from retail stores. They would then proceed to sell these items either in pawn shops or through the online platform of eBay.
According to court records, former employees have claimed in interviews that the individuals facing charges were aware that the items were stolen.
The racketeering scheme is believed to have started at the beginning of 2018, according to investigators.
The investigation was carried out by the Colorado Springs Police Department, along with the Pueblo Police Department (PPD), the US Marshals Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Mischa Jargowsky’s sentencing is set for April 26, 2024. Her husband, Jack Jargowsky, who is also a co-defendant in the case, is anticipated to be present in court for his trial later in February.
The owner of Top Dollar Pawn has been found guilty of engaging in a pattern of racketeering and money laundering. This verdict comes as a result of a thorough investigation and legal proceedings. The case against the owner highlights the serious consequences of engaging in illegal activities such as racketeering and money laundering. The verdict serves as a reminder that individuals involved in such activities will face legal consequences for their actions.
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