Shop vendors allegedly bilked out of big bucks - WNEM TV 5

Shop vendors allegedly bilked out of big bucks

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A small town is in shock after a local business owner faces four felony counts of check fraud.

And now, alleged victims of the woman, Bernadette Jacobs, are speaking out.

More than 15 people selling products inside the B. Hive, a flea market and consignment shop, claim they were ripped off and they never received their money for items she sold.

The 25-thousand square foot facility on M-15, housed a consignment shop, weekly flea market and hosted estate auctions, operated by the 34-year-old Jacobs.

Marla Millar sold vintage items she collected from around the country. She was one of more than 20 vendors inside the building.

She says towards the end of last summer things started going down hill. Items mysteriously disappeared, her checks from the B. Hive were bouncing and she wasn't the only one.

16 people have come forward, filing complaints and now Jacobs is facing four felony charges of check fraud. Jacobs is out on bond awaiting her trial.

Those who were bilked out of cash are hoping justice is served and they recoup some of the money they say they're owed.

Jacobs is out on bond and will be back in court on February 19.

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