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Monday, August 17, 2015


Cepek has been jailed in Westmoreland County since June 2 for bilking other clients out of tens of thousands of dollars for bus tours and vacations that she never arranged. She was charged this week with scamming 44 additional customers out of $56,967. The Potankos lost about $6,100.
Working out of an office on North St. Clair Street in Ligonier, Cepek allegedly took money from the clients to pay “personal expenses unrelated to any tours or trips scheduled by the victims,” county Detective Will Brown said.
Cepek formerly lived in the South Fork area of Cambria County. For about a month this summer, she was transferred from the Westmoreland lockup to the Cambria County Jail for violating her parole for a 2009 bad check scheme in Cambria and Somerset counties.
Brown and Ligonier police Chief John Berger filed the new complaints this week before Mt. Pleasant District Judge Roger Eckels.
“The majority of these new cases are people who have come forward because of the publicity surrounding the case after she was originally arrested,” Brown said.
Berger and Brown wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that the 44 victims thought they were making payments on bus tours, vacations or trips throughout the United States and the Caribbean between Nov. 11, 2014, and this spring when she was arrested.

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