Police are investigating a Southern California woman who reportedly posed as fireman’s wife in order to scheme eleven grand in donations from unsuspecting donors.
According to ABC News, Ashley Bemis took to facebook and claimed her “husband” was a firefighter fighting the Holy Fire in Orange and Riverside counties.
“My Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now,” she allegedly wrote on the page, according to court documents. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.’”
She then offered to pick up donations.
Eventually, suspicious internet users caught on and notified the authorities, who discovered over $11,000 in cash and gifts in her home.
“We believe [she collected these items] knowing she was not taking them to benefit the firefighters,” said Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Bemis reportedly has a “long history” of scamming people and even faking pregnancies to get free stuff.