Delaware accuses pawnshop of racketeering scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 13, 2017

DOVER, Delaware (Legal Newsline) — Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn announced a lawsuit Sept. 5 against a pawnshop in Middletown for allegations of selling stolen goods and running a criminal enterprise under the state’s racketeering statutes. 

Denn seeks $6.5 million in civil penalties.

The pawnshop in question, Gold Fever Pawn Shop on Broad Street in Middletown, is run by Shaun Reilly, his wife Kisha Reilley, and his mother Denise Toy. According to allegations, the defendants ran a scheme in which they would pay shoplifters to collect goods from local retailers. The goods would be stored in a trailer at Toy’s home before being sold at the pawnshop. The defendants would allegedly pay shoplifters one-third of the final sale price.

The 10 specific complaints are receiving stolen property, failing to collect or pay over tax, wire fraud, mail fraud, four counts of organized crime and racketeering, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony by Shaun Reilly, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited by Kisha Reilly.

Also named in the lawsuit are Gold Fever LLC and Gold Fever Finance LLC.

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