Police Catch Accused Gold Coin Auction Scammer In Benton County

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars in gold coins and antique toys by using fake checks at local auctions has been caught in Benton County, according to local police.

Brenda Delores Melville, 39, was arrested Monday following a search by authorities. She remains in the Benton County Jail awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Melville allegedly walked into auctions in both Fayetteville and Springdale, bidding high on several items. She then collected her items after paying with fake checks, according to police.

“It is a big hit. I got to pay it,” said Donnie Guthery, owner of Guthery Auctions.

Donnie Guthery said his auction house was hit by a theft this past weekend, more than $4,100 in merchandise stolen.

Guthery says his bank ultimately noticed the check was fake.

“They said it was done on Office Depot paper, and on a computer program,” Guthery said.

Guthery`s employee grew suspicious of the woman when she was at the auction. Guthery said they asked to see her identification card. However, that card seemed to only confirm that she was legitimate at the time.

“The driver`s license matched the check” Guthery said.

The woman`s false identity was listed on both her I.D. and checkbook as “Jade Ann Wilson” of Missouri.

Police said fraudulent checks are hard to spot.

“To the untrained eye, it can be very difficult,” said Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Department.

9 comments

  • bobreal

    From now on ANYONE PAYING By Check or Credit Card They CAN NOT take the Items till the Check or Card CLEARS… Then if It turns UP BAD; called Them They can pick Their Items up… Then when They show up; ARREST Them..

    • unbelievable

      She probably thinks it’s funny that someone finally caught her. I would be willing to bet this is not her first scam nor will it be her last.

  • bob

    SIMPLE solution DONT TAKE CHECKS I had some items on CL listed and some meth head mother**kers txt me to drive all way 20 miles to there home to buy my items and they wanted to buy everything I had and pay by check lol They was all jittery and acting all wired and they act like I could just take to check to the store and cash it. I told them to go with me there and cash it and give the cash and they kept staling then they said they would and had to run inside and let them know he was leavening and didn’t come back out but we did see them peeping out the window.

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