Hip-hop star Dj Khaled has accused bosses at a New York jewelry company of conspiring to commit fraud.
The All I Do Is Win hitmaker, real name Khaled Khaled, has been locked in a legal battle with bosses at Rafaello & Company since 2015, when they sued him for $100,000 amid allegations of unpaid bills for high-end pieces, including two Rolex watches, a pair of diamond earrings, a four carat diamond ring, and a custom-made diamond chain, which were reportedly provided to him in 2012.
According to the original lawsuit, Khaled entered into a written agreement which allowed him to try out the jewelry for 15 days before buying, but he is said to have failed to pay, despite keeping the items.
However, in 2015, Khaled fired back in a countersuit, alleging fraud and claiming he was never provided with an invoice or receipt for items borrowed or purchased.
He also claimed many of the pieces were overpriced.
Khaled has since filed an amendment to his countersuit to include a count for conspiracy to commit fraud, reports TheBlast.com. He alleges the jeweler and an appraiser conspired together to inflate the prices of the pieces.
In the suit, he states bosses at The American Board of Certified Gemologists (ABCG) gave him appraisals for the jewelry, but the organization is not certified and has been “illegally representing itself as a certified board, which it (is) not”.
“(The valuations) are all extraordinarily inflated so as to convince a purchaser that it was a great buy of a piece of jewelry from a jewelry company as if they are buying apparently for less than half the cost of the appraisal,” reads the amendment.