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‘Gypsy Sisters’ star arrested for using fake coupons at Toys R Us

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/6/2018 PETER SBLENDORIO

Mellie Jeanette Lee was arrested for using counterfeit coupons at a Toy R Us in Clarksville, Tenn. © (MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT) Mellie Jeanette Lee was arrested for using counterfeit coupons at a Toy R Us in Clarksville, Tenn. Talk about off-screen drama.

Reality star Mellie Jeannette Lee — who starred on the TLC series "Gypsy Sisters" — was busted in Tennessee for allegedly exchanging counterfeit coupons for over $2,400 worth of items at a Toys R Us last year.

Lee swapped the fake vouchers for a bundle of items and gift cards totaling $2,412.24 on Nov. 22, a warrant for her arrest obtained by the Daily News shows.

She was arrested Wednesday in Clarksville on seven counts of criminal simulation and placed on a $350,000 bond. Lee remains in custody at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

The 28-year-old Lee used seven coupons in the transaction, each worth $300, which left the employee who scanned her order at the Clarksville store feeling concerned.

"After the defendant left the store, the clerk spoke with the manager, and an attempt was made to cancel the gift cards, but the cards had already been offloaded onto another form of card," the warrant for her arrest reads.

Lee was arrested last December as well for being part of a group that allegedly used fake coupons to purchase $18,000 in items at Toys R Us and Babies R Us two months earlier.

Lee rose to fame in 2013 as a star of "Gypsy Sisters," which ran for four seasons and centered on Romanichal women who lived in West Virginia. Lee, who went by Mellie Stanley on the show, was a single mother of three on the series who was eager to start a new life outside of the gypsy customs.

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