Florida Principal Resigns After Writing $100K Check to Scammer Posing as Elon Musk
The principal of a charter school in southeast Volusia County, Florida, has resigned following allegations that she wrote a check for $100,000 from the school’s account to an Internet scammer posing as Elon Musk.
“I love this school more than anything else. If it means your administration is going to stay, I’m turning in my resignation,” principal Jan McGee said.
Kathleen McGee had been the principal of Burns Science and Technology since it opened in 2011. The school has an A rating and a waiting list of students.
“I am a very smart lady. Well-educated. I fell for a scam,” McGee said.
According to McGee, she was scammed online by someone posing as Elon Musk, and she had been in contact with the individual for several months in the hope of securing a multi-million dollar investment for the school in exchange for a $100,000 upfront payment.
However, the school’s business manager became aware of the situation and cancelled the check before it could be cashed.
During a crowded and sometimes chaotic school board meeting, other administrators alleged that McGee had been repeatedly warned that the investment opportunity was a scam.
They also cited other issues that contributed to a toxic work environment. In response, McGee resigned and left the building.
It is a significant blow for the school, as McGee had been its principal since it opened and was highly regarded.
Nevertheless, the quick action of the business manager and school administrators prevented any significant damage from being done.