My question involves criminal law for the state of: Florida
I have a retail jewelry store and i occasionally buy jewelry. a costumer of mine of many years sent a friend of hers over to sell a ring that dident want. so he wanted more money then i had laying around at the time so i knew my best friend was currently looking for a engagement ring so i basically brokered the deal between my friend and this guy.
my friend who we can call frank paid the guy who we will call jim for simplicity $8500.00 for the ring. he paid with a check so we have record of payment.
so heres where we are at now as it turns out jim stole the ring from SAM and sold it to my friend frank. now SAM has come into my store as he knows where jim sold it because my good costumer sent him over. i want to help to help sam get back at jim and put him in jail for stealing his ring and many other things he is a all around bad guy liar cheat etc swindled money from a lot of people.
but i do not want my friend frank to be out of his 8500.00 the guy said he would posibly pay for the ring back the price of which frank can proove he paid. in return for a sworn statement against Jim. but im concerned that i will bring the ring to the store to dell to the guy and he will just take it back as it was his in the first place. we had no idea that it was stolen from him at the time. and technically it was not stolen as he gave it to Jim to sell for him but jim never paid him the money for it.
so sam knows that the ring was sold here but he doesn't know who it was sold to except he knows frank's real first name.
what can be done tom me if i don't give up franks name 2 people can say that i said that jim sold it to my friend so in court it would be 2 aginst one. but can they make me give up franks identity?
or 2 how can i broker the ring back to the rightful owner for what my friend paid without him just taking it ?
lastly the whole transaction took place 1 year ago so i don't know if that helps or not?
please give me some idea what to do
thanks so much