Woman, 36, is charged with swindling businesses

September 11, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police are looking for businesses that may have been swindled by a woman posing as a sales representative for a Gambrills-based advertising magazine.

Police have charged Sheila J. Vance, 36, of the 500 block of Pembrook Court in Millersville with stealing money from four businesses in the alleged scheme, which began in February. DTC Police want to find out whether other businesses have lost money.

Vance, claiming she was a sales representative for Coupon Magazine, a Gambrills advertising supplement, sold business owners ads in the magazine at prices ranging from $200 to $1,500, according to court records, then persuaded them to pay in cash or to write a check in her name.

Police learned of the alleged scam when business owners did not see their ads in the magazine and complained.

Jeff Reese, who produces Coupon Magazine, told police that Vance worked for the company for about two weeks last fall scheduling appointments for him but she never was a sales representative, according to court records.

Vance also is a suspect in a similar case in Baltimore, according to court records.

People who believe they have been swindled in such a scheme should call Officer Stephen Brown at 410-222-6155.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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