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Salahi lawyer: Fake watch was gift from brother

Remember the watch that Tareq Salahi handed over in court to satisfy a debt to a landscaper? The one that turned out to be a cheap knock-off?

His lawyer now says it was a gift from Salahi's brother.

"It is what it is," David W. Silek told our colleague James Hohmann on Friday. "It was a gift to him, and he thought it was real."

Silek was back at the Warren County Court House on Friday, representing the White House gatecrasher in a case against a man who owes money to Salahi. (Salahi didn't need to show up -- and didn't).
After his brief court appearance, Silek told reporters outside the courtroom that he was stunned when he learned a jeweler deemed the watch a phony and valued it at $100. The Salahis brought a certified check to pay the roughly $2,000 they owed instead.

"I find it surprising that you could look at it and immediately see it was fake," Silek said.

Tareq's brother Ismail Salahi, a Florida-based doctor, could not be reached for comment Friday. Shortly after the White House incident, he told local reporters he hadn't spoken to his brother in five years, and that while he was "shocked" by the episode, he wasn't surprised: "I don't definitely put it past him and his wife to do something like this." (The Washington Post has left several message for Ismail Salahi in recent weeks but he has not responded.)

Silek, a Manassas-based attorney who has represented the Salahis on a range of cases since 2002, said he'd never seen or heard of the exclusive Patek Philippe brand, whose watches can cost more than $15,000, until his client offered it up as a payment plan . Silek said he needed to search for the brand's name on Google to learn more about it.
Right now, that fake watch is sitting on Silek's desk.
"It belongs to my clients," Silek said. "They have to come retrieve it."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
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he doesn't seem like a particularly sophisticated lawyer if he doesn't know that a trained/competent jeweler can tell a fake from a real Patek Phillipe, Rolex, or whatever ... that's their business.

I hope he's getting his retainer up front and doesn't have to bill the 2 grifters for his services, LOL.

Posted by: fendertweed | December 18, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Can we send the Salahis to Gitmo already?

Posted by: bs2004 | December 18, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Could you please stop writing about these people? Honestly, I think most people are sick and tired of hearing about them. Continuing to feature their names in the media only supports their quest for self-promotion. Enough already!

Posted by: silentnomore | December 18, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I know that Law Enforcement Officer's (LEO) caught up with Al Capone. I'm confident that LEO will find the Journey For The Cure to the end of Ms Missy and Ali Baba (Tareq) Salahi. Hells Bells, even their own attorney believe's their tall tales. Their attorney must have went to the same law school has Mike Nifong. I guess their new TV show on Barvo will be called "Fleecing of Americans". Stay tuned, more will be revealed ...

Thanks LEO!

Posted by: Loviedarling | December 18, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Fake or not, the watch should fetch a handsome price on eBay because of how infamous the Salahi name has become.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 18, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This is the same attorney who, on the day the watch was turned over, declared that a Patek Philippe made a Rolex look cheap? Now he has to Google the brand? The guy sounds like an idiot. I guess he's the right man for this job.

Posted by: fishcandy | December 18, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

AND WHY, aren't his clients in jail yet???

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | December 18, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

If Tareq posted collateral with his Johnson, and Michaela posted collateral with her breasts, I would take them to an anatomy expert for a determination of whether they were real.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 18, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The posts are right on the money, except the guy whining about the coverage. I am enjoying this, as white collar crime is everywhere but before a judge these days. We need to keep the pressure up peeling away the layers with more news. It worked on the nut that wrecked the one million dollar Ferari in Malibu. He and Tareq must have studied together somewhere.

Posted by: Greg42 | December 18, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Of course, it was a gift from Tareq's brother who has not spoken to him in five years and obviously does not hold him in high esteem [perhaps the lawsuits between Tareq and his parents just might have something to do with that].

Why wouldn't it be obvious Tareq's brother gave him a 5 or 6 figure watch out of the goodness of his heart, and why wouldn't Tareq honestly believe it was genuine?

If you believe that line of malarky, I'm sure Mr. Salahi has a watch he'd like to sell you, as well as a lifetime membership to "America's Polo Cup" [it's only $100K].

Please, my simple Timex works very well for me, thank you very much.

My opinion.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | December 18, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I thought it might be a gift from the Ambassador from Kalibati where Tarawa is located. But then too, Juan may have presented it from inside his coat liner on a street corner in Miami. I think the attorney is another fake just like the Salahi's are.

Posted by: npsilver | December 18, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Take a lean out on their house and repossess their cars.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | December 19, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

i'm glad another reader also remembered the salahi's lawyer raving about patek philippe's superiority to rolex, but now has never heard of them. i wonder if he has ever heard of the term "invitation" or needs to google that as well.

Posted by: george32 | December 19, 2009 3:59 AM | Report abuse

RS, I realize this is the greatest scoop you've ever had, but get a life. These people are aspirational losers. OK. We get it. Now go find some real news already. You've milked this until its hard for us to take you seriously. Are you planning to keep it up until we must conclude that this is no longer the reliable source, but the lets-piss-on-the-Salahis blog?

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Posted by: kkshoe1205 | December 19, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: llrllr | December 19, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To all the people whining about all the Salahi coverage--the Reliable Source column is about Washington (and beyond) gossip. That is precisely what this story is. If you're so sick of it, don't read it.

Posted by: beaker1 | December 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The guy from Spammers-R-Us who offered the watch by email promised that it would be a gen-u-wine, authentic, expensive, fake luxury watch, and that noooo-body could tell it from a real one.

Whichever Salahi who bought it really doesn't like to deal with people who are phoney and lie about things.

Posted by: StanKlein | December 19, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

First off-feeling blue as I am, yes, I WAS ABSOLUTELY up for another story just now on the Salahis-keep em' coming, RS!


This is important, because a lawyer, as an officer of the court is NOT permitted to mislead a court, nor even the public when he is making statements about his client-that could be an ethical violation on his part-however, since he's been representing our favorite grifters since 2002 -you know how that goes...birds of a feather, I'm sorry to say-however, if the lawyer can make 2 diametrically opposed statements-one to a court, and the other to the press-that should put the court on notice for his next appearance-if I were the judge here, I'd call the lawyer on this matter, and ask him to explain how it is that he could argue one way about the watch in court and claim not to know anything about it after it was found to be a fake.

At any rate, I was MUCH AMUSED by Tareq's explanation that "he thought it was a genuine PP-his brother whom he hasn't spoken to in years gave it to him." OH MY GOD-IS THAT FUNNY! I THINK EVERYONE CAN BE ASSURED HERE THAT TAREQ KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE OFFERED UP THE FAKE WATCH-HE PULLED ONE OVER ON THE COURT!



'Course as I said, it must have been love at first sight-after she told him that she was a super model, former Miss USA! HA HA HA!

thanks RS!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is so obsessed with the Salahi's.
Never seen anything like it! Now I saw an article they are saying Tiger and Michaele were together. What is next with the media? Too funny! Whatever they have to make up to get suckers to buy their paper.

Posted by: Gelnn | December 19, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this lawyer is smart enough to get paid in real money---like Euro's.

Posted by: KBlit | December 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

All i really want to know is when are these to going to jail now that the Heene dibacle is settled by them getting jail time. These two should be next and for a lot longer since they jeapordized WH and President whether one likes him or not!

Posted by: jlisting | December 23, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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