Mellie Jeanette Lee, one of the lead actresses in the defunct TLC reality television show, “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” was recently arrested in Louisiana and extradited to Kentucky– for scamming the children’s store, Toys R Us.
Mellie was arrested for using counterfeit coupons, which she used to purchase $18,000 in items at Toys R Us and Babies R Us. Fayette County Jail records reveal that she was charged right before Thanksgiving with “criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception of $10,000 or more, and unlawful access to a computer.”
Mellie Lee was Mellie Stanley on “Gypsy Sisters” from 2013-2015 and also appeared in “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” Originally from West Virginia, Lee was featured on the Today Show for her role on the show, which featured “huge parties, lavish dresses and tight-knit families.. and “gender roles, respect and domestic violence.”
What a difference a few years makes. This is what Mellie looked like on the show:
This is what she looks like now:
According to Starcasm.net:
The Gypsy Gossip: Tattle Tales Facebook page shared a post in which they stated they had been told that it may have been Mellie’s cousin Jett who turned her in — an accusation Jett adamantly denied in the comments section. Mellie and Jett were involved in an altercation not too long ago, and Jett claimed to have filed charges against Mellie at the time.
According to TMZ this is not the first scam Mellie has pulled off such a scam:
In 2014 she and her sister were reportedly busted for running a coupon scam at a Target in North Carolina. Mellie’s then-husband was also arrested back in 2015 after a heated argument between the couple sadly led to Mellie’s puppy being killed.
And, yes, Mellie has children, for whom I’m guessing she stole thousands of dollars worth of toys, clothes, and other items.