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White House Dinner Crashers Keep Faking It

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Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

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From the we-are-not-surprised category of news stories, it turns out that the "expensive" watch Tareq Salahi, one half of the couple that crashed the White House state dinner, turned over during a court date to pay a landscaper he owed money was a fake.

The Washington Post reported on the Tareq and Michaele Salahi's court appearance last week during which Salahi turned over what was described as a Patek Phillipe to settle a $2,000 debt to the landscaper and court costs.

The Salahis' lawyer told reporters at the time: "It makes a Rolex look like a Swatch." Patek Phillipe's according to the WaPo can cost more than $15,000.

Except, as I said before, the watch was fake. Again, according to the WaPo which talked to a jeweler named Ray Cosey who examined the watch:

"Right away, we could see it was an imitation," said Cosey, owner of the R E Jewelers Watch & Clock in Chambersburg, Pa. "Oh yeah; even the look of the watch, you could just tell it wasn't real."

Cosey, in the business for 36 years, appraised it at about $100.

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The Salahis sent the landscaper's lawyer a certified check earlier in the week and he made sure to call the bank to make certain of its autheticity which, given all that's happened, who could blame him.