Florida School Principal Sends $100,000 Check To Fake Elon Musk
This story is a bit hard to believe, for everyone except Principal Jan McGee of Volusia County, Florida.
McGee was the principal at a charter school in Volusia County for many years, but a recent discovery about a decision she made stunned the school board and prompted a call for her resignation. During a meeting on Tuesday night, McGee admitted to sending a check to a man who was posing as Elon Musk. She said she fell for a scam where the man not only claimed to be the billioanire entrepenuer, but also sent him a check from the school’s account for $100,000 to secure a future multi-million dollar payment to the school.
Let’s back-step for a minute. McGee is not the sort of person who typically makes bad decisions. She’s been in charge of Burns Science and Technology School in Oak Hill, Florida since its debut in 2011. The school is very highly rated, with over 1,000 students and a A-rating. There’s been a waiting list for years. The scam started when McGee says she began talking to a man several months ago who claimed to be Elon Musk. After many discussions about securing funds for her school, she says the man offered her an opportunity to invest some seed money that would return to her many times over. It sounded like a worthwhile investment of the school’s cash, so she took him up on the offer. That’s when things went south.
When the charter school’s business manager learned of the incident, he reacted quickly and canceled the check before it was cashed. Once the scam went public, other school board members called a meeting about it and met last night. Several members mentioned that they heard about the conversations with “Elon Musk” and said it was probably a scam. When they voiced their opinions, they say there doubts were met with hostility. During the meeting, several other board members said they coulkd no longer work for McGee because of the incident. That’s when McGee announced her resignation from her post and immediately left the building. Source: WESH.com
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