CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two of the three woman charged in connection to a Facebook scam that defrauded over $300,000 from victims across the United States and Canada appeared in court Monday morning.
Zienup Sbeih-Maddox, 24, appeared in the courtroom wearing jail clothes while 54-year-old Kimberly St. John-Stevenson appeared via video from the Cuyahoga County jail.
The two women, along with 26-year-old Kirsten Laurie were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury for charges that include conspiracy, aggravated theft, money laundering, telecommunications fraud, and others.
Both suspects pleaded not guilty during Monday’s hearing.
Sbeih-Maddox was already in custody awaiting trial on unrelated charges. St. John Stevenson, who was independently contracted to work at Cleveland State University, was arrested on Dec. 19 on campus.
The lucrative Facebook scam first exposed by a Cleveland 19 undercover investigation in June 2017.
The judge set bond at $100,000 for both suspects. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2019.