Zeller indicted on two more charges of grand larceny [Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.]

By W.T. Eckert, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Oct. 20--CANTON -- The Norfolk woman charged with scamming a priest and his parish out of more than $300,000 has been indicted on two more counts of grand larceny Friday.

A St. Lawrence County grand jury has indicted Bobbie Jo Zeller, 36, of 72 W. Main St., Apt. 4, in the alleged theft of more than $3,000 from a Norwood woman.

Ms. Zeller is now facing two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. Those charges will be added to two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree scheme to defraud.

On Sept. 24, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards dismissed three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument that were brought against Ms. Zeller based on "lack of legally sufficient evidence."

The grand jury alleges that from August 2011 to September 2012, Ms. Zeller cajoled Gloria J. Dietze into giving her little more than $3,000.

"She seemed nice and said she had a sick son," Ms. Dietze said in May, when she said she developed what she thought was a friendship with Ms. Zeller. "She said she was having problems paying her electric bill, car insurance, rent, cable and things like that. She asked me to borrow money and assured me she would pay it back."

Ms. Dietze said she was given excuses on several occasions about why Ms. Zeller could not pay back the money.

All told, Ms. Dietze said, she gave Ms. Zeller a little more than $3,000. Ms. Dietze did say, however, that Ms. Zeller had paid her $47 and "bought me a couple packs of cigarettes here and there."

"I want Bobbie arrested for having stolen money from me, because it is now evident to me that she never had any intention of paying me back and I have been the victim of a scam perpetrated by her to steal my money," she said in May.

Ms. Zeller will be arraigned on the two new charges at a later date in County Court.


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