Oil City Woman Faces Charges for Stealing Over $3k in Online Puppy Sale Scam

| November 11, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman is facing felony theft charges after she allegedly scammed three victims out of over $3,000 in an online puppy sale scam.

Court documents indicate 43-year-old Jaime Leroux Smalley, of Oil City, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, on the following charges:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3
– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Felony 3
– Deceptive Business Practice – Sale Less Than Quantity, Felony 3
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 1
– Deceptive Business Practice – Sale Less Than Quantity, Felony 3

She is currently free on $15,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an investigation onto an online puppy sale scam.

According to a criminal complaint, between April 6, 2019, and July 9, 2019, Jaime Leroux Smalley unlawfully took money from three individuals for Shih Tzu puppies she never delivered.

According to the complaint, Smalley committed these thefts online through an unlicensed illegal business, advertising via Facebook. Three known victims allegedly paid Smalley a total of $3,334.00, via Walmart to Walmart transfer, Western Union, and a cashier’s check, for puppies they never received.

The complaint notes the victims were able to provide detailed documentation of the alleged crimes.

Smalley was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 1:30 p.m. on September 27.

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