Investigations: Cartier's Empty Box

Cartier's Empty Box

Customers have always paid premium prices for the fine jewelry, china and silverware at Cartier, the world-renowned emporium for the elite on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. But in recent years they have apparently been getting bargains, and illegal ones at that. Law-enforcement officials charged last week that the store has been helping customers evade sales taxes, which are 8.25% in New York City. Store Manager S. Howard Warnock was indicted on 156 counts of falsifying business records, and Assistant Manager Thomas Foster was named in 124 counts. They could face a $5,000 fine and a four-year prison term for each count.


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