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More alleged victims come forward in St. Matthews consignment scam

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The now-empty interior of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale The now-empty interior of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale
Anne Chism, owner of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale Anne Chism, owner of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale
ST. MATTHEWS, Ky. (WDRB) -- More people have contacted police, saying they're owed money or merchandise from a St. Matthews consignment store.

The owner of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale would not agree to an on-camera interview; however, she did tell us by phone that none of this is true.

But since WDRB's story aired Tuesday, several more alleged victims have come forward.

"[She] will not return phone calls," said alleged victim Mr. Stanton, who doesn't want us to use his full name.

He says he's a longtime friend of the Anne Chism, who was the owner of Clara Belle's Upscale Resale consignment shop. 

"I've known her since 1982."

That's why he was pretty shocked when our story aired on Tuesday the St. Matthews Police investigation into Chism.

"And I thought, 'Well, maybe I just need to go to St. Matthews and see if you can add more information, you know, about this kind of case," Stanton said.

Stanton says despite his long history with Chism, she owes him, too.

"She owes me money from a known sale and then she's got merchandise that I have not received back," said Stanton.

Chism was arrested on Friday after a year-long investigation by St. Matthews Police. 

Detectives claim she took in merchandise on consignment but never paid some customer, and police say the case has grown since our first story aired on Tuesday.

"Since the story aired, we've had several victims to come to the police department to reporter that they were either owed money or owed property," said St. Matthews Police Det. Dennis McDonald.

We talked to Chism by phone on Tuesday. She would not agree to an on-camera interview, but said she has done nothing wrong and police don't understand the facts of the case.

"Our investigation showed that she entered into a contractual agreement with Chism," Det. McDonald said.

Police say most, if not all, of the alleged victims have a signed contract from Chism as proof or evidence. 

"Part of that agreement was that they were going to receive half of the proceeds for the selling of that property," said Det. McDonald.

Meanwhile, Mr. Stanton he is "very disillusioned with what she has done."

Stanton says he's not surprised that the store is empty and Chism is in the hot seat.

"If she's treated me like she has treated everybody else, then I know why they're mad."

Again, we called both Chism and her attorney several times for this follow up story but neither of them returned our calls Wednesday.

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