CA PAWNBROKERS REACT TO FRESNO MEDIA REPORTS
Sacramento, CA (MMD Newswire) January 11, 2013 -- The CBS Channel 47 Fresno area news story (January 9, 2013) claiming that, "Fresno police are busting pawn shops allegedly buying stolen gold. The Fresno Gold Stop was one of three pawn shops busted on Tuesday", was in error according to the records of the California Department of Justice. The Gold Stop is not a pawn shop but rather a secondhand dealer. In several instances, incorrect references were made by various news organizations that called the affected businesses pawn shops rather than secondhand dealers, according to the California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA).

"These businesses were not licensed pawn shops," said CAPA President Elect Tony De Marco. Illegal gold buyers are typically unlicensed and do not follow the stringent state and local laws with respect to the reporting, holding, and capturing of customer information. Licensed pawn shops are financial institutions that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice and are held to rigid standards of practice under state "Business and Professions" and "Financial" codes. According to De Marco, "Licensed pawn shops report all transactions to local law enforcement, follow all holding requirements, and, as is required by law, capture detailed identification of each pledger." Pawn shops file this information with local law enforcement agencies on a daily basis.

CAPA led the initiative to pass the recent "Statewide Digital Database" bill, AB 391 that was signed into law by the Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill, under the direction of the Department of Justice, will make it possible for law enforcement to quickly and decisively track tangible personal property transactions.

As the association for California's pawn industry, CAPA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional conduct to the public and cooperation with law enforcement at all levels. CAPA applauds Fresno Police Department for their vigilance in shutting down the illegal gold buying businesses in their jurisdiction.

For more information about CAPA, visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.

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California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA) is an association of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers and is the only one of its kind in California. CAPA's members strive to maintain the highest level of ethical conduct by following established best practices and adhering to federal, state and local laws and regulations. Since its founding in 1956, we have served the interests of tens of thousands of responsible pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. The association serves its membership through legislative advocacy, professional education, industry programs and legal resources. Our members strive to be valued and respected by their communities by taking part in community outreach programs, as well as encouraging and fostering good relationships with law enforcement, state legislators, local government and community leaders. For more information please visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.

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