Rumson Store Owner Faces More Charges In Alleged $560K Theft
RUMSON, NJ – The owner of a Rumson jewelry store charged with theft last month is now facing additional charges after 11 new victims came forward, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anthony Goltsch of Manchester Township – who serves as the owner of the Golden Goose jewelry store on 7 West River Road in Rumson – was charged Tuesday with another count of second degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received. Goltsch is now charged with the theft of jewelry valued at approximately $560,000.
After the initial charge was reported, 11 new victims came forward to detail their experiences with Goltsch. Fourteen victims have been identified and more victims could be forthcoming, prosecutors say.
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Last month, Goltsch was charged after failing to return jewelry worth a total of more than $260,0000. The new victims revealed the jeweler failed to return jewelry totaling an additional $300,000 that was left at his store on consignment, for redesign or for repair, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
A joint investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Rumson Police Department initially found three victims who have yet to receive any payment from Goltsch or a return of the items involved. One victim paid Goltsch a total of $98,704 between Nov. 2019 and Feb. 2020 for both gold and silver coins, but reportedly never received the items. Similarly, a jewelry dealer reported providing diamonds worth a total of $98,500 to Goltsch to sell between April 2018 and June 2019. However, despite numerous requests for payment or a return of the diamonds, Goltsch failed to pay or make a return.
The following were the additional victims, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office:
- Victim 1 consigned a ring with an appraised value of $45,000 to Goltsch in April 2019. The victim has not received any payment for the ring and has attempted to get the ring back on numerous occasions, but Goltsch has not returned or paid the victim for the ring.
- Victim 2 gave Goltsch a large quantity of sterling silver jewelry to melt in November 2015. The jewelry has an estimated value between $5,000 and $10,000, but the victim has to-date not received payment from Goltsch.
- Victim 3 consigned a watch with an estimated value of $1,800 in July 2019. Victim has not received any payment for the watch and has attempted to get the watch back on numerous occasions, but Goltsch has not returned or paid for the watch.
- Victim 4 paid Goltsch a deposit of $6,900 for a ring in June 2020. Goltsch did not deliver the ring but the victim was able to reverse the charge on his credit card.
- Victim 5 paid Goltsch $34,500 for a watch between March and June 2018. The watch was never delivered by Goltsch, and he has refused to refund the money.
- Victim 8 in March 2019, victim handed over earrings to Goltsch for repairs. Despite multiple requests made to Goltsch, he has refused to return the items valued between $700 and $1,000.
- Victim 9 turned over to Goltsch in June 2019, assorted gold jewelry for melting. To-date, the victim has not received payment for the assorted gold jewelry valued at approximately $3,500.
- Victim 10 gave Goltsch assorted jewelry valued at approximately $10,000 on consignment in September 2019. The victim followed up with Goltsch but to-date has not received payment for the assorted jewelry, and he has refused to return the jewelry.
- Victim 11 left her watch with Goltsch for repair in April 2019. The victim was charged $535 for the repair in August 2019. The victim has followed up numerous times, but has not received back from Goltsch the watch, valued at approximately $5,000.
Goltsch was sworn in as a member of the Manchester Township Board of Education on July 29.
Anyone with information regarding Goltsch or the Golden Goose is asked to contact Detective Michael Acquaviva of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Financial Crimes Unit at (732) 431-7160, ext 2233, or Rumson Police Det. Donald Schneider at (732) 842-0500.