Dearborn bar owner known as 'Mama Jo' charged with multi-million dollar retail fraud ring

Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 18:47:10-05

The owner of Cas Bar, Beverly Sassin, is being charged with eight felonies in what Dearborn police say is a massive retail fraud scheme that was run out of her bar. 

Beverly Jo Sassin, 70, of New Boston; Amanda Lynn Mosed, 38, of New Boston; Jodie Beth Welbes, 49, of Lincoln Park; and Christopher Bucannion, 45, of New Boston also face the same eight counts, plus two weapons charges.

Donovan Bertrand lives right down the street from Cas Bar, and says he goes there often. He tells 7 Action News he saw some strange things happening inside the bar. 

“People come in with things like Jack Daniel bottles, like space heaters, like just the (most random) things to bring into a bar late at night, and you're like where are they getting it,” Bertrand said. 

Police say she and others stole things like coffee, air fresheners, Instant pots and more from places like Target, Walmart and Meijer. They would then sell the stolen items out of Cas bar. 

On Monday, police showed 7 Action News some of the items they were able to recover. 

“What you see here is a mere fraction of what our department recovered in the way of stolen property,” said Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad. 

Police say Sassin and her daughter Mosed have posted their $100,000 cash bond. Sassin is due back in court on Dec. 14.