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A principal in Florida has resigned after writing a $100,000 check of the school's money to a scammer pretending to be Elon Musk

A principal in Florida has resigned after writing a $100,000 check of the school's money to a scammer pretending to be Elon Musk
Elon Musk standing on the red carpet at the 2022 Met Gala with photographers standing behind him.
The scammer impersonated Elon Musk, who has previously expressed interest in investing in Florida's Space Coast.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
  • A Florida principal resigned after sending $100,000 of school money to someone posing as Elon Musk.

  • Jan McGee said she believed Musk would invest millions in her school if she sent $100,000 upfront.

  • She'd talked with the scammer for at least 4 months despite being warned by school staff, per WESH.

A charter school principal in Florida has resigned after sending a $100,000 check of the school's money to a scammer posing as Elon Musk.

Jan McGee was the principal of Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, Florida, since the school opened in 2011. At a school board meeting on Tuesday where she resigned, McGee said she believed the tech billionaire would invest millions of dollars in the school in exchange for $100,000 upfront, according to a local news station, WESH.

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"I put myself into this position and into this mess and I made a bad decision," McGee said, per WESH. "I am a very smart lady. Well-educated. I fell for a scam."

Although other school staff warned her the person was a scammer, McGee had talked with the person for at least four months, according to WESH. The school's business manager ultimately stopped the check before it cleared.

McGee apologized at the meeting, but several school administrators said that she contributed to creating a toxic work environment. Administrators said that they would rather quit than keep working for her, prompting McGee to resign, per WESH.

"I love this school more than anything else. If it means your administration is going to stay, I'm turning in my resignation," she said.

The school and McGee did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

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