MANCHESTER – After being charged with theft back in September, the owner of a Rumson jewelry store is facing more charges after 11 new victims came forward.
A total of $300,00 has been stolen from the new victims after the jeweler failed to return jewelry.
Anthony Goltsch, of Manchester Township and the owner of the Golden Goose Jewelry Store on West River Road in Rumson, executed his thefts by either not returning jewelry that was brought in for redesign or repair and not paying the victims from their consigned items. Goltsch is also a member of the Manchester Township Board of Education.
The initial investigation revealed that three victims failed to receive any payment from Goltsch. After the first charge, 11 new victims stepped forward with fourteen victims being identified and possibly more victims to come forward.
According to police, these are the statements from the 11 victims:
- Victim 1 consigned a ring with an appraised value of $45,000 to Goltsch in April 2019. 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 6 paid Goltsch a total of $98,704 between November 2019 and February 2020 for both gold and silver coins. The victim has not received the coins despite numerous follow-ups with Goltsch.
- Victim 7, who is a jewelry dealer, provided diamonds on at least eight occasions to Goltsch to sell between April 2018 and June 2019. Despite numerous requests for payment or a return of the diamonds, Goltsch failed to pay or make a return. The total amount of the theft for this victim is $98,500.
- 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.
With a new total of approximately $560,000 of jewelry stolen, Goltsch has been charged with another count of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received.
If convicted of the Theft charge, Goltsch faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison on each count.
If anyone has information regarding the Golden Goose, you can contact Detective Michael Acquaviva of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Financial Crimes Unit at 732-431-7160, ext 2233, or Rumson Police Detective Donald Schneider at 732-842-0500.