Woman going to prison for attempting to profit off the murder of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers

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A Mississippi woman is going to prison for attempting to profit from the death of a teenager killed in Panola County.

Janet Lee Posey, 41, is accused of using the murder of Jessica Chambers to fraudulently collect donations.

She plead guilty Monday to one count of false pretense. A judge sentenced Posey to 10 years in prison, with three of those years suspended leaving her to serve seven years.

Posey is also ordered to pay $1,433 in court costs.

In December of 2014, Posey was arrested after investigators say she started a fraudulent internet scam after the murder of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers.  

“This defendant posed as a family member of the victim and created a Facebook page in an attempt to convince people to donate money to her, where she intended to take it for her own personal use,” Attorney General Hood said. “Her acts are reprehensible. Fortunately, we caught her before she raised any money. We thank Judge Gregory for his strong sentence, and I would like to thank Sheriff Jimmy Edwards and his deputies for their dedication and assistance on this case.”

 

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