CMHA Police, federal agents raid home of accused nationwide Facebook scammer Zienup Sbeih

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2017 at 4:57 PM EDT
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Zienup Sbeih (Source: WOIO)
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The woman accused in a nationwide Facebook scam operation is in more hot water.

Officers with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department and an agent with the U.S. Office of Inspector General Department of Housing and Urban Development were at Zienup Sbeih's home in the Villages of Carver Park off of East 45th Street and Quincy Friday afternoon.

Officers executed a county search warrant, removing documents including bank transactions, stuffed animals and other toys possibly used in Zienup Sbeih's alleged online scams.

"This is based on an investigation on story you made, regarding Zienup Sbeih," said CMHA Police Chief Andres Gonzalez.

Zienup Sbeih, a 23-year-old public housing resident, is now under investigation for Housing Fraud.

Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority's Police Chief Andres Gonzalez spoke candidly stating "based on the evidence we are recovering, I'm pretty confident that we will be able to identify a second person that may have been working with her. I anticipate within the next two weeks we should be able to prepare a very good case to the grand jury and see some indictments."

You may recall, Investigator Carl Monday reported earlier this summer that hundreds of victims paid Zienup Sbeih, also known as "Zee," for items like baby car seats, diapers and Disney trips but never received their products.

Some of the moms made payments directly through Facebook messenger. Mothers from coast to coast ripped off.

In July, Cleveland Police Financial Crimes Unit charged "Zee" with Telecommunications Fraud and Grand Theft. CPD also issued a warrant for Sbeih's arrest. She remains on the run from police.

Now, CMHA is focusing on the allegation that Zienup Sbeih was making substantial income and not reporting it, which in turn is a requirement to continue getting subsidized housing.

"If this young lady should not have been getting housing, or was getting income as we believe she was, she should have reported it and not reporting it is a felony, and makes it a criminal offense" says CMHA Chief Gonzalez.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Cleveland Police at 216-621-1234.

Anonymous tips can be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 or via text message.

Text TIPS657 plus your message to Crimes (274637). Tips can also be called into the BCI tip line at 855-BCI-OHIO or (855-224-6336)


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