Decorah-based Internet business accused of fraud
Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:34 AM
A Decorah-based Internet business is being investigated for allegations of credit card fraud and theft, KWWL reported Saturday.
Snuggle Buggle Crochet Creations, owned by Cheryl Albrecht-Zweibohmer and her 17-year-old niece, claims to sell crocheted goods, including baby blankets and hats, the television station reported.
KWWL said the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the business on allegations of credit card fraud and theft. KWWL contacted Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Buss who said his office has received about 12 complaints from around the country that the owners of Snuggle Buggle committed fraud.
“A person will make communication with the business owners, select an item, pay for that item and then not receive it,” Buss told KWWL.
Marie Tillman of Omaha told KWWL she ordered a $50 blanket from Snuggle Buggle and was told it would ship by July 20. Tillman has not received the blanket but Snuggle Buggle has charged her more than $500 for the item.
The Better Business Bureau has given the company an “F” rating. Details of complaints received about the business can be read at http://www.bbb.org/iowa/business-reviews/knit-goods-retail/snuggle-buggle-crochet-creations-in-decorah-ia-32055667.
Zweibohmer has pleaded guilty in the past to charges of identify theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.
Winneshiek County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten told KWWL Albrecht-Zweibohmer entered a plea agreement to charges stemming from the recent complaints of theft against her and her business. He said she would be ordered to make restitution.
New complaints have been filed since that agreement.