LeBron jewelry focus of police investigation

Vaneisha Robinson said she bought this pendant at a yard sale for $5, but after having it...

Vaneisha Robinson said she bought this pendant at a yard sale for $5, but after having it appraised, it turned out to be worth about $10,000. (Handout/International Gemological Institute)

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An Ohio woman is now considered a suspect after claiming she bought a valuable one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry depicting LeBron James’ uniform at a yard sale and was forced to hand it over to one of the basketball star's associates.

Vaneisha Robinson, 19, said she purchased the gem-encrusted pendant for $5 at a yard sale four years ago.

She later had it appraised and discovered the stones were actually diamonds and valued at $10,000.

Robinson then decided to put the pendant up for sale on eBay. That's when her troubles began.

On Wednesday, Robinson says she received a call from Katherine L. Powers, the mother of Maverick O. Carter, who is the CEO of LeBron James' marketing company, LRMR.

"(Powers) said that LeBron James was at her house and they wanted me to come over there. They were going to make me an offer that I couldn't refuse," Robinson told Newsnet5.com.

Robinson said she was given the impression that Carter was the original owner of the pendant and that James was going to buy it back for him.

She and her mother drove to Powers' home, which she shares with Carter.

"When I got there, LeBron James was not there. It was about eight or nine other people there. They pretty much accused me, they threatened me and they used their authority to they (sic) best ability to get the pendant in their possession."

Robinson said the group blocked her mother's vehicle from leaving the driveway.

"They told us that we weren't going anywhere until they got that pendant. I was scared for my life," Robinson said.

Wadsworth, Ohio police were called to Powers' home at 11:30 p.m., and say Robinson and her mother had already left when authorities arrived. Powers was there with the pendant.

"Ms. Powers showed me the pendant in question and I was able to determine that it was a one-of-a-kind item and it did actually belong to Mr. Carter," said Sgt. James Elchlinger.

Elchlinger said Carter was not at the house during the incident.

Police are trying to determine if the pendant was ever reported stolen. The case is under investigation.

On Friday, a police report named Robinson as a suspect in receiving stolen property. No arrests have been made.

Robinson is vowing to fight for ownership of the pendant in court.


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