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March 16, 2013

Beverly metal dealer must pay $10,000 restitution

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Just 18 pieces, worth abut $400, were recovered.

Maroskos, meanwhile, accused police of trying to “nail me to a cross” and complained that he had employees to pay. In an affidavit by Maroskos filed last year, he complained that the city’s ordinance was too onerous compared with other communities.

Yesterday, he protested the amount of restitution the prosecutor was seeking, accusing the victim of seeking to profit.

His attorney, Kirk Bransfield, who has filed an appeal in the case, had argued for a lower restitution amount, no more than $7,500. He said Maroskos paid Masella the cash value of the silver, minus a 10 percent fee for himself and another 3 percent for the refiner.

He also pointed out that Maroskos, a former teacher who got into the coin business because of a longtime hobby, has no prior criminal record.

But Brennan, while acknowledging the dispute over the value of the silver, said $10,000 was not an unreasonable sum.

The judge did grant a request to allow Maroskos’ probation to end early once he pays the full amount.

Beverly police said last year that Maroskos had been involved in other troubling transactions, including failing to report the purchase of 45 silver bars that had been stolen in Salem in 2011 and purchasing 14 gold Krugerrand coins stolen from Danvers in 2009. In 2008, he denied knowing anything about a $100,000 diamond ring stolen in Gloucester, but later, after the thief confessed, Maroskos helped retrieve the ring in exchange for not facing charges, according to police.

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