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Inspectors find irregularities at AZ gold buying stores

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More than a third of the 45 gold and jewelry buying businesses inspected by state officials over the past six months have been cited for multiple infractions.

Officials from the Department of Weights and Measures said on Wednesday they have assessed civil penalties totaling $14,700.

The violations ranged from non-licensed and inaccurate scales to businesses using scales that were not legal for trade. In many cases, investigators found scales which under-registered the actual weight.

This was the second round of random inspections conducted by Weights and Measures following the "gold buying" inspections conducted in 2010. At that time, inspectors looked into 39 of 43 gold buying businesses, citing 18 of them for multiple infractions and civil penalties totaled $45,000.

"These violations don't necessarily mean that in every instance customers selling their gold are not getting their fair share, but these stores were definitely not in compliance with state law and further investigations are certainly warranted," said Kevin Tyne, director of the Department of Weights and Measures.

Of the 45 store locations recently inspected, 10 businesses were specifically cited for violations of under-registering or under weight to the detriment of the customer. State inspectors also found violations ranging from devices not legal for trade, scales that were unregistered or unlicensed, scales not federally accredited for use in Arizona and for devices that had no required tamper-proof seal.

In all, Weights and Measures actually seized 15 scales and placed many other scales "out-of-service," and further required the stores to obtain legal commercial devices.

Here is a partial list of the inspected Arizona businesses:

  • CASH EXPRESS, LLC 4202 E SPEEDWAY BLVD, TUCSON
  • GOLD STASH FOR CASH, 2964 WHITE MOUNTAIN BLVD, LAKESIDE
  • GOLD EXCHANGE, 1730 E APACHE BLVD, TEMPE
  • STEWART KUPER JEWELERS, 5762 E BROADWAY BLVD, TUCSON
  • SUPER PAWN2, 895 S 4TH AVE, YUMA
  • GOLD BUYERS OF AMERICA LLC, 7401 N LA CHOLLA BLVD STE 156, TUCSON
  • GOLD BUYERS LLC, 2105 S RURAL RD, TEMPE
  • TURN IT TO CASH INC, 1200 N ARIZONA AVE STE 4, CHANDLER
  • ARROW PAWN AND JEWELRY, 2706 W THOMAS RD, PHOENIX
  • SPEEDY CASH, 1242 W MAIN ST, MESA
  • THE GOLD GUY, 840 E SOUTHERN AVE STE 102, TEMPE
  • WE BUY GOLD, 1059 N MESA DR, MESA
  • PRO GOLD BUYERS, 11118 W YOUNGTOWN AVE, YOUNGTOWN
  • FELIX GOLD, 1990 W APPACHE TRAIL STE 2, APACHE JUNCTION
  • GOLD BUYERS OF ARIZONA LLC, 703 E GURLEY ST, PRESCOTT
  • PAWN 1ST, 9825 N METRO PKWY EAST, PHOENIX
  • NEW YORK NEW YORK BARBER SHOP, 2333 E INDIAN SCHOOL RD, PHOENIX
  • GOLD RUSH, 5000 S ARIZONA MILLS CIRCLE, TEMPE
  • FINE SMOKE SHOP, 1520 W INDIAN SCHOOL RD STE 4, PHOENIX
  • GOLD BUYERS OF MOHAVE, 4440 HWY 95 FORT MOHAVE, COTTONWOOD
  • GOLD AND SILVER, 893 S MAIN ST, COTTONWOOD
  • LONDON GOLD, 7311 W BELL RD, PEORIA
  • DIAMOND BROTHERS JEWELERS, 4255 STOCKTON HILL RD STE 1, KINGMAN
  • GOLD STASH FOR CASH, 2964 WHITE MOUNTAIN BLVD, LAKESIDE
  • COYOTE COIN AND PAWN, 1320 S 4TH AVE, YUMA
  • PAUL BENSEL JEWELERS, 264 W 32ND ST, YUMA
  • COIN HEAVEN, 559 S MAIN ST, COTTONWOOD
  • GOLD AND SILVER, 706 N MAIN ST, SAN LUIS
  • SAMANDARS WE BUY GOLD, 1350 E UNIVERSITY
  • DRMESACENTRAL PAWN, 1819 W McDOWELL RD, PHOENIX

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