News10NBC Investigates: The case of the widow's missing guns and money

November 05, 2018 06:08 PM

News10NBC is on the case of missing guns and missing money. 

The victim is Francine Cordaro, a woman who lost her husband of 30 plus years. 


Along with everything else, Cordaro had to deal with the guns he owned. But now those guns and the money she was promised are gone. 

"I called him my Mr. Fix-it man," Cordaro said at her kitchen table in Greece."There wasn't anything he couldn't fix."

Fran and Joe Cordaro were married in Greece for more than 30 years. 

Joe died in January after a battle with cancer. 

The next month, Fran took his three handguns and two rifles to Beikirch's gun store in East Rochester. 

That's the store Joe used. 

"Okay, this one, this one and this one," Fran said as she went through her receipt. 

The receipt shows she gave three handguns to Beikirch's on consignment which means Beikirch's would sell them and she would get 80 percent of the money. 

Fran says she was told to call back in the fall, which she did, and that's when her gun problem started. 

"Two numbers, both out of order," is how Fran describes her attempts to call Beikirch's in early September. 

She had no idea that Beikirch's went out of business in July. 

But it didn't just close. It was shutdown by Genesee Regional Bank which filed a lawsuit on July 27, 2018 demanding more than $2.1 million in unpaid debts. 

No one who Fran called had information on where her guns and money were. "I wanted someone to be my advocate...and I was hoping you could do that," she said. 

After Fran contacted News10NBC, we checked with Genesee Regional Bank and Hessney's Auction Company which handled Beikirch's inventory of guns. 

Both told News10NBC that they had no record of Fran's guns. But when Fran called the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, it did. 

Fran Cordaro: "So he looked up all the serial numbers of the hand guns, and two of the hand guns were sold. One of them days after I brought it in and the other one, a month later."

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "So the sheriff's office told you, two of these guns were sold?" 

Cordaro: "Two out of the three, yes."

The sheriff's office confirmed its conversation with Fran. 

News10NBC called several lawyers representing Beikirch's and its old owner, Hans Farnung. 

The question is: What did you do with the guns and money? 

News10NBC is still working on that answer. 

"Yes. I feel like I've been robbed," Fran said. "I can't believe I'm the only one who had guns on consignment with them that they didn't receive compensation for in some way."

The Monroe County Clerk's office, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will not give out information on gun sales. 

A lawyer for Beikirch's told News10NBC that Genesee Regional Bank has controlled all the money for six months. But Fran Cordaro's records show at least two of the guns were sold eight months ago. 


Berkeley Brean

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