Judge Rules Zeller Case Can Go To Grand Jury


An Ogdensburg city judge has found there is enough evidence involving a Norfolk woman who allegedly scammed a Catholic priest, parishioners and other victims out of more than $300,000 to be held over for grand jury action.
A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday for 36 year old Bobbi Jo Zeller.

She is accused of swindling Monsignor Robert Lawler and numerous others by claiming she had a sick child and needed money.

Zeller also allegedly wrote several checks to some of the scam victims from an account with insufficient funds leading them to believe she was repaying them.

The priest was one of three people who testified at Wednesday's hearing.

Zeller's attorney, Brian Pilatzke, told 7 News the case "was moved forward" to the county level and is expected to be presented to a grand jury.

Zeller was remanded back to St. Lawrence County Jail without bail.

See our earlier report

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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