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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 6:05 p.m.

Woman charged with writing bad $1,500 check in jewelry scam to be in court Tuesday

By Kyle Feldscher

A 32-year-old Grass Lake woman will face a preliminary hearing Tuesday for allegedly writing a bad check to pay for more than $1,500 in jewelry from a Saline store.


Jayme Schaffer

Courtesy of Saline Police Department

Jayme Schaffer was arrested in November and charged one count of writing a check with non-sufficient funds, more than $200. According to Saline police, Schaffer allegedly wrote a check for $1,547.60 in August to pay for an 18-karat braid style necklace and a 14-karat custom rholodite ring from Accent Jewelers, 112 E. Michigan Ave.

Saline police Det. Don Lupi said this isn’t an isolated incident for Schaffer and she allegedly has committed similar crimes in other southern Michigan cities.

“She has committed similar types of crimes in Coldwater, Howell, Marshall and Ann Arbor,” Lupi said.

On Aug. 18, Schaffer allegedly went to Accent Jewelers and had the owner of the store show her several pieces of jewelry. She decided to purchase the necklace and ring and allegedly used the storeowner’s pen to write the check, police said.

On Sept. 2, the owner of the store called Saline police to report Schaffer’s bank account did not have enough money to cover the purchase of the necklace and ring. Police received warrants to search Schaffer’s financial records and found similar transactions in other cities.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office approved an arrest warrant for Schaffer in late October. On Nov. 19, Saline police were notified that Schaffer had been taken into custody at the Calhoun County Jail, and she was transferred to Saline to be processed at the Washtenaw County Jail, according to the police report.

Schaffer will be in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the 14A-1 District Court at the Washtenaw County Service Center, 4133 Washtenaw Ave., for a preliminary examination in the case. Schaffer has a previous conviction for embezzlement in Jackson County, according to the police report.

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Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

It would be informative to find out why she was in the Calhoun County jail on the 19th of November though....


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

It will be interesting to see if the writer follows up on the Tuesday pre-lim...

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Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:19 p.m.

"...and allegedly used the storeowner's pen to write the check, police said." was it leashed to the desk? maybe i should empty my pockets of all pens i walk off with?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:28 p.m.

Writing a check is so retro.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

after having my wallet stolen 14 years ago, along with my debit card etc...I only pay cash or write a check locally...with a pen that permeates the paper fibers so it cannot be bleached...I have used a credit card when traveling but keep a daily eye on my accounts.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 3:51 a.m.

What a shame, she doesn't look the type. (but one never knows)


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:23 a.m.

The ones that don't look the type are the ones that are usually successful


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

so in our area, having all your teeth disqualifies you from criminal activity?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 3:25 p.m.

What would the type look like?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

Does using the store owner's pen to write the check (allegedly) make this a more serious crime?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:45 a.m.

LOL! Maybe it renders it aggravated check writing. I think the reporter was hoping to show a moment of humorous irony here but it fell flat in the telling.