A so-called â€œsugar mommaâ€ has been nabbed after it was found that she was stealing from her employers to fund and spoil her secret â€˜sugar babyâ€™.
53-year-old Kelly Hardison worked as a bookkeeper for both Jackson Hole RV & Fish Camp and Pro Steel, and stole from both as well.
The Volusia County Sheriffâ€™s Office claims the woman opened an account in the RV companyâ€™s name and used it to spoil a 35-year-old man sheâ€™d met after heâ€™d stopped to help her on the side of a highway when she had car trouble. The next 18 months or so were extremely beneficial for the man â€“ in more ways than one.
The investigation started when a tax preparer who worked for the businesses â€“ which are owned by the same person â€“ found â€˜financial irregularitiesâ€™ and reported them to authorities.
They found the man and he claims she wrote him up to 35 checks for sexual encounters at hotels and other locations, spending between $20,000 and $50,000 on him between June 2013 and September 2014. He also told investigators that she claimed to own Pro Steel.
Being the ever-giving sort, Ms. Hardison wrote checks for the manâ€™s mother and girlfriend as well; only sheâ€™d been told that his girlfriend was actually his cousin because he feared the cash flow would cease if he revealed the truth.
The unnamed man says he never told his mother and girlfriend the nature of his relationship with Kelly Hardison, and he hasnâ€™t been charged.
Hardison, on the other hand, has and is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Volusia County Jail on charges of running an organized scheme to defraud.