A South Florida woman is facing fraud and grand theft charges after police say she bilked schools out of more than $100,000 for cleaning supplies through a fake company.
Christen Rector, 37, was arrested on Tuesday in the scheme which dates back to 2009, Sunrise Police said Thursday.
Sunrise Police say they were contacted in December by the superintendent of Unified School District in Sterling, Kansas, who said they had paid a company named C & J Supplies over $8,000 for cleaning products over the course of several months but never received anything.
Their checks, which had been sent to a PO Box in Sunrise, had been cashed at stores in Sunrise by Rector, who identified herself as the owner of C & J, police said.
Detectives discovered at least 17 different school districts and three cities in different states had paid C & J, police said. The victims that were contacted said they never received any products from C & J.
When detectives made contact with Rector, she admitted C & J wasn't a real company and that she had no intention of sending cleaning products to the school districts or cities, police said.
Rector has been released from jail on bond. It was unknown whether she has an attorney.