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Give it back, Jack. That’s what convicted Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., jewel swindler Jack Hasson is asking golfing legend Jack Nicklaus to do in a lawsuit filed last month in Palm Beach Circuit Court. He wants Jack and Barbara Nicklaus to return the $379,920 Hasson says he paid the couple to settle a fraud lawsuit they filed against him in 1997 in the same courthouse. The settlement was reached in 1997. But Hasson claims the couple violated a confidentiality provision that barred them from disclosing the terms to anyone except their tax advisers and immediate family members. Hasson’s complaint states that the couple revealed details to attorney Joe McSorley, a partner at Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach, Fla., and his client, Aben Johnson, who have a pending lawsuit against Hasson. The Nicklauses were among the most famous people to buy fake gems from Hasson, but they were far from being fleeced the most. That distinction belongs to Johnson, a retired television station owner in North Palm Beach who spent $83 million on jewels from Hasson that were later appraised at $6 million. McSorley readily admits that Jack and Barbara Nicklaus disclosed terms of their settlement to him in a court-ordered deposition taken for Johnson’s fraud lawsuit against Hasson. But he calls Hasson’s new lawsuit against the Nicklauses a “bad-faith filing.” Hasson’s settlement with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus called for him to buy back a dozen pieces of jewelry he sold them, including a sapphire and diamond bracelet, a sapphire and diamond platinum ring, and a ruby and diamond ring. Hasson also promised not to refer to the couple as current or former customers, and not to identify any jewelry he sold as previously owned by them. Now Hasson is seeking three times what he paid the couple: $1.1 million. He filed the lawsuit pro se from the federal prison in Edgefield, S.C., where he is serving a 40-year sentence for fraud, money laundering and obstructing justice. He also was ordered to pay $77.7 million restitution when he was sentenced in February 2000. Hasson’s efforts at acting as his own lawyer are continuing on other fronts. On Friday, he was scheduled to argue via telephone to Palm Beach Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson that a $232 million default judgment entered against him in Aben Johnson’s case in state court should be vacated.

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