Lawsuit: Hauppauge-based jewelry company scammed military service members

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A Hauppauge-based jewelry company is being accused of preying on military service members. 

The state has filed a lawsuit against Harris Jewelry.

The suit says the retailer used its "Operation Teddy Bear" charitable campaign donations to lure service members into high-priced financing contracts on overpriced jewelry.

The lawsuit claims Harris Jewelry marks up products between 600 and 1,100 percent, and adds a nearly 15 percent interest rate.

The company, which has retail stores on or near military bases across the country, called the allegations "inaccurate and baseless."

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