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Drew Brees, wife suing jeweler over value of diamonds

June 9, 2019
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In this undated photo provided by attorney Kevin F. Rooney, a diamond ring is displayed for the jury from pieces of jewelry that New Orleans Saints quarterback and former Chargers player Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, had bought from a jeweler in the La Jolla area of San Diego. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the diamonds were displayed when trial of the couple's lawsuit against Vihad Moradi and CJ Charles jewelers began Thursday, June 6, 2019. The lawsuit claims they were supposed to pay wholesale prices but were charged far more. The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common. (Vihad Moradi/Kevin F. Rooney via AP)
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In this undated photo provided by attorney Kevin F. Rooney, a diamond ring is displayed for the jury from pieces of jewelry that New Orleans Saints quarterback and former Chargers player Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, had bought from a jeweler in the La Jolla area of San Diego. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the diamonds were displayed when trial of the couple's lawsuit against Vihad Moradi and CJ Charles jewelers began Thursday, June 6, 2019. The lawsuit claims they were supposed to pay wholesale prices but were charged far more. The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common. (Vihad Moradi/Kevin F. Rooney via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany are battling a California jeweler over the value of diamonds they claim they purchased for more than $15 million as an investment.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the diamonds were displayed when trial of the couple’s lawsuit against Vihad Moradi and CJ Charles jewelers began Thursday.

The Breeses’ attorney, Rebecca Riley, said in her opening statement that Moradi agreed to obtain the diamonds, sell them to the couple at wholesale prices and be compensated by the original seller.

She also said the diamonds were placed in painted settings to deepen their color.

The couple claims they were defrauded of more than $6 million, paying far more than wholesale and costs.

The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common.

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