Jeweler: White House gate-crasher's watch a fake

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 6:07 PM

A couple that crashed a White House party turned over a watch to pay a landscaping debt, but a jeweler is saying it's a fake luxury timepiece.

Tareq Salahi last week gave up his Patek Phillipe watch and his lawyer said it would be worth more than enough to pay a $2,000 debt to a landscaper.

But a Pennsylvania watch expert says it's an imitation. Ray Cosey, owner of R E Jewelers Watch & Clock in Chambersburg, Pa., examined the watch and said Thursday it might be worth $100.

Cosey says the watch could probably be bought on the street for less.

It turns out the watch wasn't needed. An attorney for the landscaper says a check was delivered Monday for $2,063.55 and will cover the bill.

A judge ordered the watch released.