A Fort Myers woman convinced acquaintances that she was about to inherit a billion dollars and then collected more than $46,000 from them to pay for "emergencies" she claimed could have prevented her payout, the Lee County Sheriff's Office reported.
Morgan Johnson, 24, is facing charges of fraud and grand theft.
An investigation showed that Johnson approached three family acquaintances in September 2011 and told them she was inheriting six or seven businesses from a former employer that would pay her at least $1 billion, the Sheriff's Office reported. She then began hitting up the acquaintances for money to pay for different emergiences — bank levies, child custody fees, foreclosure threats — that she said would jeopardize her inheritance, reports said.
The acquaintances gave Johnson more than $46,000 to stave off the "emergencies," but grew suspicious and contacted the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said Johnson went to great lengths to keep the ruse alive, including creating fictitious names of bank employees she was working with and forging bank documents. Investigators believe there may be more victims.