WCSO: Cornelius woman ran fake jewelry scam
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a Cornelius woman used a Facebook page to advertise fake jewelry, scamming at least seven victims.
Amber Schmidt, 31, was arrested Monday, March 19, on multiple theft charges. She is currently being held in the Washington County Jail.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Schmidt used a Facebook page called Never Ending Treasures to market jewelry for sale, but when she met with prospective buyers, she sold them jewelry that wasn't genuine as advertised.
Schmidt allegedly used fake gold and diamond testers as part of the scam "to trick buyers into thinking the items were genuine," the Sheriff's Office said.
According to court records, Schmidt was already facing charges of first- and third-degree theft stemming from the alleged sale of stolen merchandise from Walmart. A trial date in that case has been set for April 19.
Schmidt was subsequently indicted on four more first-degree theft charges and two second-degree theft charges last Friday, March 16, with one more second-degree theft charge being added Tuesday, court records show. All of those charges relate to the theft of money from alleged victims.
Schmidt has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
As of Wednesday, March 21, the Never Ending Treasures Facebook page remains live. The most recent posts on the page date back to mid-January.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional victims in the alleged scam who wish to come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 503-846-2500.
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