N.J. Cracks Down on ‘Cash For Gold’ Stores

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

Authorities have issued nearly 10,000 citations to stores that pay cash for gold, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday on the results of a crackdown that focused on stores in Camden, Irvington, Newark, Paterson, Trenton and Teaneck.

In all, about 9,800 citations were issued to 71 jewelry stores, pawn shops and other stores including a bail bonds business and a sneaker store.

Officials from the state Office of Weights and Measures say the citations were issued for alleged violations such as failing to use a state-certified scale, not prominently posting prices and failing to properly record transactions.

Newark led the way with 5,436 citations issued to 29 stores.