RAPAPORT... The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) presented awards to two recipients on January 7 who have helped fight crime against the jewelry industry. Sheldon Kwiat, the chairman of JSA, presented the 14th annual "James B. White Award to Law Enforcement" honor to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Eric B. Ives, of the Organized Crime Section for Jewelry and Gem Program. Ives was cited for his assistance as the principal link at FBI headquarters for JSA on issues involving jewelry crime and was a vital link for JSA to each FBI field office. The citation stated that during his supervision of the jewelry and gem program, the FBI conducted many important, far-reaching and successful investigations of crimes against the jewelry industry, which resulted in arrests, convictions and merchandise recovery.
Ives has also helped a major effort with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to train FBI personnel and key foreign police personnel in basic gemology and jewelry industry practices and procedures to combat crime. Through his efforts, the FBI has invited and supported several dozen agents from the U.S. to GIA in Carlsbad, California for two weeks of intensive gem training.
Kwiat also presented JSA’s seventh annual "Industry Service Award" to Paul Jones, the senior director of global asset protection at eBay. Jones was cited for improving the integrity of the eBay marketplace, especially through closer cooperation with law enforcement and with major retailers. Jones has helped build the PROACT program, which brings together stakeholders in a common effort to reduce fraud, fencing and other crimes and abuses involving the eBay marketplace.
The awards event also conducted a moment of silence for six jewelers who were murdered in 2011. John Kennedy, the president of JSA, mourned the tragic loss of life and thanked the industry, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for their continuing support of JSA’s war on crime.