California Jewelry Store Under Investigation for Service Member Fraud

Romano’s Jewelers of San Diego is under investigation by the California Department of Justice, NBC 7 San Diego reports.

Sources confirmed the investigation to the news channel but would not elaborate on details.

However, it is likely the investigation is related to a November NBC 7 report that Romano’s had been accused of allotment abuse by service members. Allotment is an automatic deduction from a service member’s paycheck. Service members have been able to use allotments to purchase items on credit, though that will end on Jan. 1.   

The station also uncovered a letter from 2012 written by a U.S. Marine Corps colonel declaring the store off-limits to service members, suggesting the problem is long lasting.

NBC 7 received this statement from Romano’s Jewelers in response to inquiries:

“Romano’s welcomes any investigation of its sales practices by the Department of Justice, or otherwise, and looks forward to fully cooperating in the investigation. Romano’s stands by and supports our service members.… As for the letter, it arose from a misunderstanding that was cleared up years ago, and Romano’s continues to sell to all members of the armed services community.”