ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman who investigators said is the ringleader behind a national timeshare scheme is now in Orange County Jail.
Investigators said she took the money of 36 victims across the country. Some of them owned timeshares in Florida.
Court records show Beard, from New York, pocketed more than $60,000
The court documents obtained by WFTV on Monday said the victims lost anywhere from $400 to $3,000.
According to documents, Beard would call and tell the victims she found a buyer for their timeshare but needed money for closing costs. She would then promise to send the victims a check once the timeshare was sold.
Beard promised to sell 36 timeshares across the United States, including
WFTV first learned of the timeshare story in December when Orange County investigators arrested Michelle Lee.
According to court documents, Lee told investigators about Beard and explained how the whole scam worked.
Investigators said Beard was operating the scheme without a telemarketer's license.
According to investigators she also faces charges of grand theft and multiple counts of scheme to defraud.