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Facing a Life Sentence, Jewelry Wholesaler Flees Authorities have launched a worldwide search for a Houston jewelry wholesaler, convicted of stealing $560,000 in memo goods, who may have fled the country. Israeli citizen Yov Hassan, who ran Global Gold Jewelry Inc., is being sought by Houston police. His picture and description are being circulated in the Israeli diamond industry. Interpol, the international police service, has been asked to look for him, and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is investigating him for allegedly underreporting his firm's income. Hassan was convicted of theft (a first-degree felony in Texas) in 1994 for keeping diamond and gold consignment goods, and proceeds from their sales, from three firms. The three were Dynasty International, an Israel-based diamond firm with offices in Houston; Camagi, a Houston gold wholesaler; and Rope Chain Inc., a Californi
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