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Kent County Woman Charged With Cashing in on Fake Gold


HARRINGTON, Del. – A Camden woman was the subject of a police investigation after officers determined she had earned more than $16,000 for selling off fake gold bars.

Rachel M. Zerbe, 36, of the 500 block of Cow Marsh Creek, was arrested April 1 after detectives from the Harrington Police Department were contacted by the owner of a local shop. Investigators say the owner, Bob Scott, reported that Zerbe had come to the shop on March 24 and 25 and sold what appeared to be gold bars.

"She had lost her father to a battle with cancer, and she needed to sell off an inheritance he had left her," said Scott.

Scott said the bars were incredibly realistic. He said they were factory sealed, had serial numbers and their weights and dimensions were correct.

"The gentleman I deal with at the government said that was the best counterfeiting he had seen in 32 years," Scott said. "Once you open it, you test it with a gold testing solution. And that solution determines if it's real gold or if it's fake. They were fake."

When Zerbe returned to the store on April 1 claiming she had more gold bars to sell, detectives took her into custody.

She was transported to the Harrington Police Department and charged with two counts of Theft by False Pretense over $1,500 and one count of Attempted Theft by False Pretense over $1,500.

Detectives say she was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $6,000 bond.

Scott said one thing that upset him about that was her bond was a fraction of the amount she had taken his business for.

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