Despite saying we'd learn more about theft charges filed against him by well-known Midtown jewelry store Las Savell, there was not much said in court Wednesday morning. After a brief arraignment, Joe Ford declined comment. His attorney Arthur Horne did the talking instead.
"I've advised my client as I would any other client not to make a statement," Horne said.
Ford bought a man and woman's Rolex watch worth $5,800 from Las Savell last Christmas Eve, though he asked the jewelry store to hold his check until January 10th. Las Savell waited and cashed it January 18th. Then, he they tried again on January 21st. Both times the check bounced.
Las Savell says they never got their money, so they filed charges against Ford. But it's not the first time their business dealings went sour. According to records from General Sessions Court, in 2004 Las Savell sued Ford for $9,300, the balance on another Rolex he purchased before Christmas 2003. The suit was eventually dismissed and settled out of court. As for this latest incident, Horne says there's more to the story.
"I'm sure after the state understands the full agreement between my client and Mr. Las Savell, that we will get this resolved favorably," said Horne.
The owner of Las Savell died in August. If you read the police affidavit in the case, it documents several attempts before his death to recoup the $5,800 the store says Ford owes them. It mentions 7 calls and 2 collection letters before a Memphis Police investigator got involved in June.
There were then two failed attempts by the investigator to have Ford come into the store and pay. That all happening after Las Savell subpoenaed Ford's bank account and verified between December 23, 2010 and January 20, 2011, he did not have the money to cover the check he wrote for the two Rolex watches.
According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Ford's Funeral Home business has 4 pending complaints. One alleging failure to pay for services rendered. Two others alleging checks returned for non sufficient funds.