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Woman arrested for fake GoFundMe page

Photo courtesy of the Attorney General's Office.

A woman was arrested after Attorney General Jim Hood said she created a fake GoFundMe page, claiming to be raising money for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 

Authorities picked up 30-year-old Natasha Lesha Stephens for fraudulently acting as a highway patrolman recruit to raise money online. She was arrested at her home on Friday by Investigator Lee McDivitt along with the AG’s Consumer Protection Division, with help from the Tupelo Police Department.

She set up the page claiming to be raising $1,000 for what was listed as required items for the Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 62.

She wrote:

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to become a part of something much higher than myself. I have been accepted in the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Cadet Class 62 that begins this October. A list of required items has been given. Unfortunately I am unable to financially obtain those items. I am asking for help in order to be able to be apart of this opportunity. The cost is $1000. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Help spread the word!”

She has been charged with one felony count of wire and mail fraud and faces up to five years in prison.

“Our office has gotten this fraudulent page shut down,” said General Hood. “Do not give money to this person, and if you already have, contact our office immediately.

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