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MS woman going to prison for attempting to profit off burning death of Jessica Chambers

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A Union County woman is going to prison for attempting to profit off the murder of Panola County teenager, Jessica Chambers, by using the murder as a way to fraudulently collect donations.

41-year-old Janet Lee Posey pleaded guilty Monday to one count of false pretense.  Posey was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three of those years suspended, leaving seven years to serve.

She was ordered to serve three years of post-release supervision and pay $1,433 in court costs.

Posey was arrested in December 2014 by investigators with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the Union County Sheriff's Office following an investigation that revealed Posey had started a fraudulent internet scam after the murder of 19-year-old Chambers. The investigation revealed that Posey attempted to collect donations for the family without their consent or knowledge.

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“This defendant posed as a family member of the victim and created a Facebook page in an attempt to convince people to donate money to her, where she intended to take it for her own personal use,” Attorney General Hood said. “Her acts are reprehensible. Fortunately, we caught her before she raised any money. We thank Judge Gregory for his strong sentence, and I would like to thank Sheriff Jimmy Edwards and his deputies for their dedication and assistance on this case."

In December 2014, Chambers died at a Memphis hospital shortly after being found in Courtland, MS, burning next to her car in which was also on fire. Early autopsy results reveal that she died from severe burns that covered 98 percent of her body.

In February 2016, 27-year-old Quinton Tellis was charged with capital murder in Chambers' death.

RELATED: Man charged in murder of Jessica Chambers pleads 'not guilty'

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