Caitlyn Lee, the former owner of Kate's Designer Consignor, is facing a laundry list of complaints that she stole items that were supposed to be sold on consignment.
Assistant Chief Prosecutor Robert Holmes said the first charge includes eight victims and about $1,000 in merchandise.
But since that charge was filed last week, more complaints have arisen.
"Since we first filed the charges we have found that 31 individuals have come forward and stated that they have been wronged by Mrs. Lee," said Robert Holmes, Assistant Chief Prosecutor for Isabella County.
Holmes said that more several more years could be added to the charge if the value of merchandise exceeds $20,000.
"In that case it could be a 15 year felony," he added.
The owner of the building that Lee rented, Steve Silverberg, told TV5 that he was forced to evict Lee after she failed to come up with back rent.
"Basically she didn't pay rent for 4 months," Silverberg said. "It was clear she wasn't coming back to run the business."
Gloria, who didn't want to give her last name, is the owner of a designer resale clothing store called City Closet. Gloria recently made a verbal agreement with Silverberg to take over the space previously occupied by Kate's Designer Consignor.
"We're really concerned with what the public is going to think about us moving into this building," Gloria explained.
Because the two businesses are similar, Gloria is doing everything possible to notify the public otherwise.
"Just want to make it perfectly clear… we have no affiliation with Kate's at all.. didn't even know her."
TV5 contacted the attorney's office representing Caitlyn Lee, but they declined to comment.
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