UNION COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) –A Blue Springs resident is going to prison for attempting to profit off the murder of Panola County teen Jessica Chambers.
According to Attorney General Jim Hood, 41-year-old Janet Lee Posey pleaded guilty Monday to one count of false pretense.
Posey used Jessica’s murder to try to collect fraudulent donations, A.G. Hood said. She was arrested in December 2014 following an
investigation that showed that she had started a fraudulent internet scam after the murder of the 19-year-old teen.
The investigation revealed that Posey attempted to collect donations for the family without their consent or knowledge.
She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three of those years suspended, leaving seven years to serve. A judge ordered her to serve three years of post-release supervision and pay $1,433 in court costs.
“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.”