Former reality TV star Mellie Stanley – now known as Mellie Jeanette Lee – has been charged in Kentucky with using used fake coupons to obtain thousands of dollars’ worth of goods from Toys R Us in November.
Lee featured on the TLC reality show Gypsy Sisters which chronicled the thriving gypsy community of West Virginia, allowing viewers to experience life in the sometimes outrageous Stanley family.
Lee and her former husband were arrested in December by police in Lexington over claims she used bogus coupons to buy $18,000 worth of goods from Toys R Us.
Mellie Jeanette Lee, 28 – previously known as Mellie Stanley, appeared on TLC’s now defunct ‘Gypsy Sisters’ show – she has been charged with seven counts of criminal simulation and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $350,000 bond
The Gypsy Sisters show featured the thriving gypsy community in West Virginia, allowing viewers to experience life in the sometimes outrageous Stanley family and the four outrageous Romanichal siblings
Mellie Jeanette Lee (left) has been charged in Kentucky with using used fake coupons to obtain thousands of dollars’ worth of goods from Toys R Us (right)
On Wednesday she was charged with seven counts of criminal simulation and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $350,000 bond. She has denied the charges.
It is not the first time Stanley, who was arrested under the name Mellie Lee, has been booked for fake vouchers after she and her sister were arrested for a similar scheme in 2014.
At that time she was accused of theft by deception, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unlawful access to a computer.
She was also understood she tried to defraud Babies R Us in a scam about three years ago related to phony coupons.
Nettie, Laura, Mellie and Kayla from ‘Gypsy Sisters’, an American reality documentary television series on TLC which followed the daily life of four Romanichal sisters located in Winchester, Virginia
Mellie Lee’s route to motherhood was a key part of the ‘Gypsy Sisters’ story line – the series made by Firecracker Films, who devised both the UK and American versions of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, goes back to the thriving Gypsy community in West Virginia to experience life in the Stanley family
Wild child: The reality star Mellie Stanley – now known as Mellie Lee – separated from her baby’s father, Robbie York, just six days after marrying him in March 2013, when she said she got pregnant by accident after getting ‘drunk one night’
Part of the family: In the 2013 installment of Gypsy Sisters, the well-known Stanley sisters – Kayla, Nettie and Mellie – were joined by JoAnn (far left) Sheena (far right) and Annie (second right)
According to her most recent arrest warrant, Lee and unnamed co-defendants went to the Clarksville Toys R Us on November 22 and showed a clerk ‘counterfeit coupons on her phone, with modified bar codes’ to obtain more than $2,400 worth of goods.
The clerk, concerned about the amount of the coupons, questioned Lee, who said a manager had approved the coupons, usatoday.com reported.
Lee had seven coupons scanned, each valued at $300. She used them to purchase gift cards and merchandise valued at $2,412, according to the warrant.
After Lee left the store, the clerk talked to the manager and Toys R Us attempted to cancel the gift cards but they had already been ‘offloaded onto another form of card’, the warrant said.
Lee was identified on video surveillance by loss prevention officers and law enforcement, it said.
Gypsy Sisters was a spin-off of My Big Far American Gypsy Wedding which gave an insight into the lives of Romanichal women in West Virginia.
Lee appeared in all four seasons from 2013 to 2015.
She was an outcast in her family because she wanted to leave the Romani culture behind.
Lee for much of the series was a young woman best-known for her wild antics, from excessive drinking to cursing and fighting. Her course to motherhood featured in the 2013 series of the TLC show.