(KMOV) A News 4 Investigation uncovered a felon with a long criminal past targeting financially-strapped residents in St. Louis and five other states.
Rhonda Jenkins of Centerville didn t know about Chrisheena McGee s checkered past when she got roped into a program called Ride 2 Freedom.
They said they work with local car dealers to get vehicles, said Jenkins.
She is not out an $85 application fee but she s not alone, a woman in Florida also fell victim to McGee.
A male victim said he gave $800 up front as an application fee. The program targeted the poor people who desperately needed cars and they all had faith because of the way the program was sold.
Ride 2 Freedom is registered in Florida, with one of the listed directors being Rosia Duncan.
News 4 s Chris Nagus travelled to Hammond Louisiana to find her at a house of prayer and ministry.
She said it all got started on her computer and McGee was the brains behind the operation but she used Duncan s name and ministry to rip off victims.
McGee used a fake name dealing with her customers calling herself Malachi
I told her why you are using the name Chris Malachi, that s not your real name, Duncan said.
McGee is also accused of using the name Sondra Clark based on a character from the 80 s sitcom 227.
Duncan filed a police report claiming McGee stole her identity and racked up thousands in debt to the run the phony business. The Louisiana Attorney General is familiar with McGee s antics.
Steve Martin prosecuted McGee in 2004 when she created a bogus online university targeted at stay-at-home mothers.
Martin said the victims paid for training but never received it. We know one bank here lost right at $90,000 in charge backs, FBI agents who worked the case with our office estimate between one and two million dollars.
Even after pleading guilty to theft, she did it again. Martin said she was busted for another internet fraud a few weeks after getting out of prison for the first crime.
Nagus went to McGee s home but found her mother was the only one home. Nagus then went to the Louisiana Sheriff s Office to inform them of what she was allegedly up to.
A couple weeks after Nagus returned to St. Louis, the sheriff called to say McGee was arrested and discovered evidence of more internet businesses tied to our computer guru.
Her probation was revoked and she is facing charges of identity theft and computer fraud.