Police say Traverse City woman is behind nationwide scam

A Traverse City woman is accused of creating an internet scam that targeted people around the country.

Marina Weese, 58, allegedly formed an online company called Patriot Club Publishing. Police say Weese asked people by phone and internet for donations that she said would help wounded veterans of the United States Military services.

The investigation began when detectives from the Traverse City Police Department began receiving calls from Law Enforcement officials throughout the United States in which victims had contacted their local authorities in regards to money being withdrawn from their account by an online company in Traverse City.

Police say in some cases, Weese told donors they would receive a book for their contribution and in other cases she fabricated checks on individuals checking accounts after she gained access to their checking account and routing numbers.

The investigation documented close to $40,000 in revenue which Weese used for her personal use and detectives from the Traverse City Police Department believe there are many more victims that have not come forward.

Weese was arrested and arraigned in 86th District Court on April 12, 2012 on one count of Forgery and one count of Uttering and Publishing.

Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim of Weese or the Patriot Club Publishing is asked to contact the Traverse City Police Department Detective Bureau at (231) 995-5152.