Chandigarh-A Canadian man has filed a suit against Nirav Modi for selling him and his girlfriend fake diamond rings worth US$200,000, which cost them their relationship. According to South China Morning Post, Paul Alfonso, who met Nirav in 2012, had no idea that the diamond jeweller was accused of multi-crore fraud in India. Alfonso met Modi at an event in Beverly Hills Hotel; a few months later they ran into each other at another event in Malibu and again at the Mandarin Oriental in New York the next week
As per South China Morning Post, they did not meet again until this April when Alfonso emailed Nirav with a request, “I’m in the market for an engagement ring. I’m going to propose to my girlfriend and I want something special.”
In his email, Alfonso explained that he wanted to design his own ring. “My budget is in the US$100,000 mark. Do you think you can do something for me?”
Nirav responded on the same day: “I’m honoured to help you create your dream engagement ring…Paul, I have the perfect diamond for you.”
He offered Alfonso a 3.2-carat round brilliant diamond cut, D colour, VVS1–a high-quality grade and colourless stone. “I can give it to you for wholesale at US$120,000. This is such a beautiful diamond…you can’t go wrong with this one.”
Alfonso agreed and explained that he wanted to have the ring as soon as possible. Nirav gave him two week’s time saying someone in Hong Kong would get back to him.