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Colorado Attorney General's Office indicts Karen Gasparyan and pawnshop owner on organized crime activities
Office of the Attorney General
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that the statewide grand jury has indicted Karen Gasparyan and Mohinder Grover of Aurora for violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and engaging in a pattern of racketeering. The indictment alleges that they defrauded numerous Coloradans, pawnbrokers and jewelry dealers by stealing and reselling luxury goods. "This grand jury investigation called "Pawn Stars" began because several victims provided law enforcement agencies with detailed accounts of predatory and felonious activity that included theft and insurance fraud," said Attorney General Suthers.
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What you'll find in a Chinese pawnshop: A BMW and a Beijing penthouse
Quartz
Last year, Yang You went to California for the first time. He ate at In-N-Out Burger and admired the redwoods, but what really caught his eye were the trading cards at Gold & Silver Pawnshop. Yang, the director of the board for Huaxia Pawnshop in Beijing, helps oversee high-ticket pawning at one of the oldest, largest and most luxurious pawnshop enterprises in the city. This outfit helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) realize their "Chinese economic dreams."
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1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at South American pawnshop to be auctioned in Baltimore
Minneapolis Star Tribune
A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawnshop is heading to the auction block. The award will be only the second Nobel Peace Prize to come to auction and marked the first time an individual from Latin America had received the honor. The New York-based Stack's Bowers Galleries is offering it for sale March 27 in Baltimore.
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Signs of the times: 'We buy gold'
Fox Business
After a nearly two-year hiatus, gold is becoming a buzzword again. Those flashy "we buy gold" signs are illuminating, and cash-strapped consumers are digging through their jewelry boxes for forgotten gold necklaces and watches now worth more than $1,366 an ounce. The precious metal, often viewed as a safe haven in times of crises and as a hedge to the dollar, has soared more than 14 percent so far this year.
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What you need to know about small-business record keeping
Intuit Small Business Blog
Maintaining records — legal, financial, employment, etc. — beyond regulatory requirements not only costs time and money, but also may unnecessarily expose your business to litigation. If you are keeping every scrap of paper or email simply because you may need it later, it’s time to change your M.O.

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Wireless speaker predicts people's musical taste like Pandora
PSFK
Streaming music might be extremely convenient, but it’s not that intuitive when it comes to song selection. Cone is a new wireless speaker from Aether Things that can learn from your music choices to provide the perfect song.

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Microsoft to take Windows XP off life support despite its 29 percent market share
TIME
Microsoft will be ending Windows XP support on April 8 and, from March 8 onward, Windows XP users will start seeing the pop-up to the right. If you’re running XP, your computer isn’t going to self destruct on April 8, but if you use it to connect to the Internet, things might get a bit dicey.

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Trumpet stolen from jazz artist Marcus Belgrave surfaces at Detroit pawnshop
Detroit Free Press
A Detroit jazz legend and his stolen horn are heading for reunion. Police appear to have located Marcus Belgrave's custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car in Eastern Market in Detroit.
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Virginia pawnshop reaches settlement with state for illegal loans
The Free Lance-Star
Liberty Pawnshop & Gold LLC in Fredericksburg, Va., has reached a settlement with the state for issuing auto title loans without a license. Between August 2011 and February 2013, Liberty made 54 motor vehicle title loans without having a valid license, according to the office of the Virginia attorney general.
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'Pawn Stars' shop may have melted stolen $50,000 coin collection
ABC's Good Morning America
A man whose $50,000 coin collection was first stolen, then hocked, cannot recover it from Las Vegas' famous "Pawn Stars" pawnshop. Reason: The hock shop claims it melted the coins down. According to a criminal complaint filed by the State of Nevada in Clark County Justice Court, a coin collection valued by its owner, David Walters, at up to $50,000, was stolen from Walters' Las Vegas home in November 2013 by Walters' niece, Jennifer Beckman.
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Do you know your business credit score?
Forbes
Not too long ago we talked about the Five 'C's of small business lending. Among the other four important 'C's, we identified Credit Score as one you can't afford to ignore. Although there are other contributing factors most lenders look at to determine your creditworthiness, because every lender wants to know your credit score, it's at the top of my list.
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Overtime pay said to reach more workers under Obama order
BloombergBusinessweek
Some U.S. workers who are deemed ineligible for overtime compensation under what's known as the "white-collar exemption" would be able to collect extra pay under an executive order President Barack Obama plans to issue tomorrow, according to a White House official. The order will direct the Labor Department to modify overtime rules so millions more people will be eligible for overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week, said the White House official, who requested anonymity because the plan hasn’t been announced.
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8 business strategy tips from 'House of Cards'
American Express OPEN Forum
Relationships are everything. When someone on this show needs to get something done, the first question they ask is, "Who do we know?" And sure, while there are some lone wolves like Remy Danton, the rule of thumb is relationships, relationships, relationships.
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