Mississippi woman arrested for creating fundraising scam tied to burning death of Jessica Chambers

December 19, 2014 in News, The Buzz

Janet Posey

Janet Posey

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A north Mississippi resident has been arrested after authorities say she created a fundraising scam tied to the burning death of a 19-year-old woman.

Attorney General Jim Hood says 39-year-old Janet Posey of Blue Springs is charged with one count of attempted false pretense and one count of communications fraud.

Hood says his office was told that Posey had started an effort to raise money based on the burning death of Jessica Chambers in Panola County. Chambers’ death earlier this month remains under investigation.

Posey was arrested Wednesday, and jail records show she was released on $40,000 bond late that night. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

Conviction on both charges would carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.