Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Artists doing shows in the Twin Cities Area - don't take a check from a sweet little old lady named Lynn Baker-Handelman-Seigel (just remember 3 hyphenated names). I live in Florida and after spending considerably more time on it than the amount was worth, have found that I can't attempt to collect on it without returning to Minnesota and taking her to conciliation court, where the filing fee is far higher than the amount of the check. I had been under the impression that the States Attorney or someone would prosecute for a bad check but after talking to numerous people in the States Attorney and court systems, have found out that it's not so!
I may have to change my policy and not take checks at all from out of state shows. I have been doing it for years though and this is the only problem I haven't been able to resolve. It wasn't an accidental overdraft, it was a check written on a closed account.
Hi Jan, Yes, I'd like to pursue it somehow. If it would work out, I'd rather have her rabbi talk to her and have her stop doing it than to have her arrested. And of course, I'd like for us all to get our money too. Let me know if you find anyone who knows her.
She has a FB page. Maybe a few posts from artists she has stolen from are in order.
Of course since it sounds like she's hit more than one artist I'd say don't take the checks. One thing to consider, though, is identity theft. I came home from a trip once and noticed a box of checks on the counter. Went through the box and found just one book of checks was gone. I immediately called the bank and put a stop on the checks.
Re: Identity theft - possible, but she's apparently used at least 2 different checking accounts - one of which was a closed account, and one that was open on which she did a stop payment. I guess it's a good reason to always require an id with a check.
Re: Facebook, I did try sending her a message a while back via Facebook, but she has it so you can't post on her page unless she has friended you.
Hi Robin - I just saw the rest of these messages - please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am in the process of filling out a complaint with the Minneapolis Check Diversion Program www.financialcrimes.net/MerchantBooklets/MinneapolisMN.pdf but haven't sent in my forms yet. You have 120 days from the date of the check to do so, so I have time. Even though it seems this MIGHT help me get my money, I don't think it will do much to stop this woman. And at this point, I don't care about the money, I just don't want her to get away with doing this to other artists. I haven't had the time to call the Minn. police yet (getting ready for shows like everyone else!). But it would be great to have multiple claims at once. I also found out I have 2 friends that she wrote bad checks to last year, can you believe it? One of them was able to fill out a police report, I have that report number for back up as well. Anyhow, contact me and let's figure something out - thank you!! ~ Melissa
I am posting again to bring this discussion back to the top. This woman just got someone else at a show in Duluth. Please beware, write this woman's name down, and alert your show producers. Lynn Baker-Handelman-Seigel.
I was at Fall into the Arts in Edina, MN this past weekend. The committee running the show came around early on Sat. with a small address label for us with this woman's name on it and warning us that she was targeting jewellers. We stuck the label to our check out table. Later in the day, this same person purchased from us, but used a charge card and it processed. One thing I noticed about her was that she had a severe tremor and had a difficult time signing for her charge purchase. She never even asked us about taking a check. Apparently she is still attending art fairs in the area. Kudos to the art fair committee for getting out the warning.
Wow, so sorry Bora.....that's a lot of money.....you have it all right....when she was at Excelsior, she was with a short Black Woman.....really makes you wonder if she is just mentally unstable or if she thought she could pull off some scheme to make money. She may be trying to sell it....or maybe just a hoarder. Anyway, if there is no resolution, maybe we can pool ourselves in some way to prosecute her and stop her behavior. I will keep track of this thread and update if anything happens for me. Cheers, Wes
Pat - just be careful that she doesn't do a chargeback on the card. Apparently her MO for 2 other artists was to write a check and then do a stop payment on it after the fact. The info from the art committee for the show that you just did came from my friend Kate, who also did this show and was burned by the same woman in Duluth.
Hooray for Edina! and good job, Pat! If each of you in this area alerted the shows you are doing this person would be stopped as art fairs really don't want you taken advantage of and love to be pro-active on these issues.
Best wishes to all of you for getting reimbursed.
This woman must have an amazing jewelry collection ....