A Florida woman has been arrested after allegedly scamming a family out of more than $45,000 over an eight-month period.
The News-Press reported that Morgan M. Johnson, of Fort Myers, Fla., told a Buckingham family that she was set to receive an inheritance that included at least six businesses valued at more than $1 billion and an aircraft worth $20 million.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report, Johnson began to ask the family — whom she met through her grandparents — for money to help with fake emergencies that ranged from repossession of her truck to foreclosure on her home. Morgan showed the family fake bank documents and a correspondence with financial advisers to support her fake claims.
Johnson, 24, was arrested on Friday and faces charges of fraud and grand theft. She is currently out on bail.
The family members told authorities they became suspicious of Morgan’s actions after the loans continued to mount and their finances began to dry up. Before they reached out to authorities, they believed a bank had been scamming Johnson.