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Officials: Woman Arrested For Fake Rescue Charity

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a South Florida woman
was arrested for her connection to a fictional wildlife rescue
charity.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says
Heather K. Southworth is facing four counts of felony fraud.

Authorities say she was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail
last month and was released after posting bond.

The charity's Web site claims a facility in Boynton Beach is providing rescues, tours and breeding of large exotic cats. It solicited donations online and through a post office box.

Authorities say Southworth was connected to the charity through the post office box and computer records.

Authorities say she admitted the facility never existed.

A telephone message left at a home listed under a Heather Southworth wasn't immediately returned.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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