CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Hundreds of moms across the country say Zienup Sbeih-Maddox used Facebook to sell items they claim they never received. A warrant was issued for that woman's arrest Friday.
Sbeih-Maddox had been under investigation by Cleveland Police and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. On Friday, a complaint for telecommunications fraud and theft was filed against her.
Recently, Cleveland 19's Investigative Team came across Sbeih-Maddox in an unexpected place. Each Wednesday, Perk Plaza in downtown Cleveland transforms into a food truck paradise, giving downtown workers more than a dozen dining options in one of the city's newest renovated green spaces. If you work at Cleveland 19, you don't have to go very far to grab lunch at Walnut Wednesday, because it's right across the street from the station. That's why we were so surprised to see Sbeih-Maddox standing in line for a smoothie recently, just steps away from our studios.
If she was trying to keep a low profile, it didn't work.
Someone dress from head to toe in a sweat suit on a nearly 90 degree day was hard to miss. We tried to question her, but she took off running, once again.
As we first told you back in May, until recently, the 23-year-old ran a Facebook group called "Zee's Place" where she sold everything from baby diapers to Disney vacations at deep discounts. Hundreds of moms across the U.S. and Canada claim they purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods from "Zee" but never received them.
While "Zee's Place" has been shut down by Facebook, some who say they've been scammed by "Zee" claim she's still selling items on resale sites like Offer Up, Mercari, and Poshmark.
This past month, investigators searched Zee's Cleveland home and removed several toys and baby items.
Cleveland's Public Safety Director, Michael McGrath, recently sent a letter to one woman who says "Zee" scammed her out of nearly $10,000. In the letter, McGrath states there are about 145 victims throughout the U.S. who are currently working with investigators.