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Fake TV producer arrested for fraud

Sept. 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Florida woman has been arrested and charged for allegedly falsely claiming to be a television producer, officials said.

Jessie Alexander, 41, has been accused of telling Palm Beach store owners that she was a producer with FOX 29 and could get them international exposure and publicity on a fake television special called "The Best of South Florida" for a fee $3,500, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Victims of the scheme were told their businesses would be featured on a 30-minute special set to air in May 2013, a DVD of the show, a special event at the Breakers and press releases about the project sent to 60,000 media outlets.

Alexander allegedly brought in at least $23,000 from Palm Beach County business owners through the scheme, Palm Beach police spokesman Fred Hess said.

"This was not a low-caliber scam," Hess said. "This was somebody who was going after the big bucks."

Alexander was arrested on fraud charges Tuesday and was released Wednesday.

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