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SCRANTON — The owner of a Monroe County business filed a defamation suit against Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. regarding reports in August 2012 on WBRE-TV.

In the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Scranton, Timothy Shadle of Stroudsburg said the station falsely reported he was “scamming” his customers at All American Gold and Silver Exchange in the Scotrun Plaza, Bartonsville.

Shadle said because of medical issues he neglected to pay the annual $50 fee for the state Precious Metals Act license in June 2012. On the advice of the district attorney Shadle said he maintained records for 24 years and did not report precious metals’ transactions as required by law. The district attorney, who adopted a policy of “benign neglect,” advised Shadle to provide the transaction records to any law enforcement officials who requested them, the suit said.

In August 2012 members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department requested to see Shadle’s license and transaction records from the previous 60 days. The investigator determined that there was period of time in which the license had expired, the suit said. But Shadle maintained accurate records, the suit said. Nonetheless, he was later charged with trading commodities without a license and failing to report them to the district attorney’s office, the suit said.

In October 2012 the charges relating to the precious metals act were dismissed and at the suggestion of the prosecution, Shadle agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, the suit said.

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