Area Woman Charged in Facebook Marketplace Scam Enters Guilty Plea

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – An area woman recently entered a guilty plea on theft-related charges for posting an item for sale on Facebook Marketplace, accepting money for the item, and never delivering it.

Court documents indicate 24-year-old Hailey Renee Shrefler-Feronti, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty to the following charge on December 1:

– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 2

Shrefler-Feronti remains free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

A sentencing date for the case has not yet been scheduled.

The charge stems from a report of a theft that occurred in December of 2020.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Punxsutawney-based State Police were dispatched to a know victim’s residence in Rose Township on December 8, 2020, for a report of a theft.

The victim reported that he found an xBox One for sale for $80.00 on Facebook Marketplace and contacted the seller, identified as Hailey Shrefler-Feronti. He then made arrangements to meet Shrefler-Feronti in a public place and transferred the $80.00 to her.

According to the complaint, Shrefler-Feronti then failed to meet with the victim and stopped all communications with him.

The victim made several attempts to contact Shrefler-Feronti both directly and through a third party with no results, the complaint notes.

Punxsutawney-based State Police then contacted Ridgway Police Department and were informed Ridgway Police were investigating a similar incident where Shrefler-Feronti allegedly received money for an xBox and never gave the item to the victim.

The charge was filed against Shrefler-Feronti through Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office.

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