Michigan Woman Arrested for Allegedly Selling Stolen Designer Clothing Worth Over $750,000

A Michigan woman, Brandalene “Brandy” Horn, 42, was apprehended at her residence in Freeland on Wednesday for her alleged involvement in a scheme where she sold more than 1,000 stolen designer clothing items, accumulating a total of over $750,000. The US Attorney’s office and federal prosecutors have accused Horn of stealing luxury garments valued at $823,000 from three unidentified rental companies between April 2022 and February 2024, using the username “cashhorn.”

Horn’s active Poshmark account, under the same username, featured high-end brands such as Farm Rio, Bottega Veneta, and LoveShackFancy. Despite her arrest, the account remained operational as of Wednesday evening, with numerous items still available for purchase, including clothing from BHLDN and MadeWorn.

According to Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Horn orchestrated a lucrative scheme by defrauding multiple victim companies, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of luxury and designer items, and subsequently selling them online. As a result, Horn now faces criminal federal charges, including one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted, she could potentially face up to 50 years in prison.

Prosecutors revealed that Horn created numerous online accounts to acquire items from rental sites. Instead of returning the rented items, which often included pieces worth thousands of dollars, Horn retained them and sold them on an e-commerce marketplace. The victim companies attempted to charge Horn for the stolen items, but she either disputed the charges with her credit union or canceled the associated credit card, rendering the companies unable to collect payment.

Although Horn’s accounts were eventually flagged and closed, she continued to open new accounts to acquire additional luxury and designer goods for alleged resale. In one instance, Horn sold a K.ngsley Cherie Gown, originally priced at $1,100 on the designer’s website, for $189. Despite the discounted price, her fraudulent activities likely yielded a profit, as the same gown could be rented for $180 on Rent the Runway.

The investigation into Horn’s activities began in June 2023 when one of the victim companies alerted the US Attorney’s Southern District of New York Office. The company suspected that Horn was selling stolen items under the username “cashhorn” on Poshmark. During the investigation, Deleassa Penland, an investigator, purchased a dress from Horn’s alleged Poshmark account, using the name Michael Smith. The dress, along with others, was delivered to a Manhattan PO box. Notably, both dresses had residue on the labels, indicating that Horn likely removed the heat-sensitive tags.

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