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.
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.