MASON CITY, Iowa – Two people were booked into the Cerro Gordo County jail for what police are calling a “can redemption scam.”
35-year-old Joni Michelle Thayer and 34-year-old Kelsey Lewis Thayer of Mason City are both charged with forgery and are being held on $5,000 bond. They were arrested after a search warrant was executed at their home on Wednesday.
Police say the two redeemed hundreds of dollars’ worth of fraudulent refundable deposit tickets at a local business. Those tickets are what you get for depositing old cans at so-called reverse vending machines, but the tickets redeemed by Joni and Kelsey Thayer were allegedly fake.