January 13, 2016 10:15 pm

Lawsuit settled between Kelowna millionaire and long time jeweler


KELOWNA – To one of the Okanagan’s richest men, $26,000 might seem like chump change.

But that didn’t mean Charles Fipke didn’t want his money back.

Fipke, who became wealthy after discovering diamonds in Canada’s far north, launched a lawsuit alleging he didn’t get a high-end watch he purchased from Heather Haworth’s Kelowna jewelery store in 2014.

In a B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit, Fipke says he also didn’t get his money back despite repeated requests to Haworth.

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In his Notice of Claim, Fipke alleges Haworth knew she couldn’t hold up her end of the deal because she knew her jewelery business was failing.

Fipke further alleges: “Heather had no intent to fulfill the terms of the Contract and planned on misappropriating the funds provided by the Plaintiff for her own personal benefit.”

And in a separate lawsuit in Small Claims Court, two West Kelowna women say they paid Haworth just over $3300 in 2014 to make two gold rings.

It’s alleged they didn’t get the rings or their money returned.

After a Global News camera crew knocked on Haworth’s door Wednesday morning, she contacted Fipke, and in the afternoon the two reached an out-of-court settlement.

But the two plaintiffs in the other court case have not settled their dispute with Haworth.

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