Cleveland Heights woman sentenced to time served for role in nationwide ‘Zee’s Place’ Facebook scam

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 8:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 12:27 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Heights woman who was convicted for her involvement in a nationwide Facebook scam faced a judge for sentencing on Monday.

Following the hearing, Kimberly St. John-Stevenson was allowed to walk free after the judge sentenced to time served.

St. John-Stevenson previously spent approximately 400 days in jail.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said St. John-Stevenson, 56, and Zienup Sbeih-Maddox operated “Zee’s Place” through Facebook to scam hundreds of victims out of more than $300,000.

The two women offered “too good to be true deals on items such as diapers, toys, car seats, and trips to Disney World” through the Facebook scam, investigators said.

St. John-Stevenson, who was initially indicted on a dozen felony charges, pleaded guilty to one count of telecommunications fraud.

“I am terribly sorry,” St. John-Stevenson said before the judge delivered her sentencing.

Sbeih-Maddox was sentenced to six years in prison for the scam.

Zienup Sbeih-Maddox (Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)
Zienup Sbeih-Maddox (Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Victims were reported out of at least 30 states and two Canadian provinces.

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