Officials: Woman arrested for fake rescue charity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

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.

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