Book seller to appear in court for scam at Smith College sale
Published 1:05 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
About 10 months after police served an arrest warrant in his name, Saul H. Fellman, 74, of Bohemia, N.Y. turned himself in at New Canaan headquarters at 8 a.m. April 8 on one count of writing a bad check. Fellman wrote a bad check for $1,264.50 worth of books in April 2009 at the annual Smith College Alumnae Club used book sale at Waveny House in New Canaan, according to police.
Smith club Treasurer Genie Sherer, 61, said she was unable to cash Fellman's check last year due to insufficient funds in his account.
Sherer said Fellman is a book seller. She said she contacted libraries across the county after the incident to warn them not to accept checks from Fellman.
"Every single library around here knew him," she said. "Some, he jerked around. Others, he stiffed them. This year, he had the nerve to show up here. He apologized profusely and used a credit card."
Fellman purchased hundreds of books at the sale last weekend, according to Sherer.
Fellman posted $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 21.