JACKSON, Miss. — A 30-year-old Mississippi woman has been arrested for posing as a highway patrol recruit to raise money online.

Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Monday, announced Friday’s arrest of Natasha Lesha Stephens, of Tupelo. Jail records did not list an attorney.

Stephens is accused of setting up a GoFundMe page online to raise $1,000 for what she listed as required items for Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 62, to which she claimed to be participating in.

Hood says the page has since been shut down. He urged anyone who had donated to contact the state’s Consumer Protection Division toll free at 800-281-4418 or visit www.agjimhood.com .

Hood’s office says Stephens faces one felony count of wire and mail fraud. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.