A fistful of diamonds worth nearly $1 million was accidentally thrown out with the trash in Manhattan’s Diamond District, a new lawsuit says, the NY Post reports.
“I’m upset myself about how stupid I am,” said Bobby Yashaya, the owner of Max Jewelry at 23 W. 47th St., who is now suing his insurance company over the monumental loss.
The trouble began as he was rushing around one Friday before Shabbos in May 2015 preparing for a trade show in Las Vegas, Yashaya said. He said he bundled four single 8- to 12-carat diamonds and a pair of diamond earrings in white paper pouches secured by a rubber band. The stones were worth a combined $864,100. As he was rushing to leave, the building’s maintenance man came to collect the trash. The preoccupied jeweler had papers and napkins on a countertop next to the bundled gems and unknowingly brushed the whole pile into the garbage can, he said.
Five days later, he realized his million-dollar mistake, Yashaya said. He said he asked his wife, Jenia, to rush to his Diamond District store to scour the building’s garbage, but it was hopeless.
Yashaya has filed suit against Lloyd’s of London to try to recoup his losses. The jeweler admits he didn’t have original receipts for the gems, but claims he provided Lloyd’s with other documents from the transactions. But Lloyd’s agent was “hostile” with him, even threatening to “send [him] to multiple lie-detector tests regarding the loss,” the owner said in court papers. Read more at the NY Post.