People bought thousands of dollars of magazine ads, but before they were all published, the Attorney General says the woman who sold the ads disappeared, along with the money. Holly Jones Cunningham of Leroy, Illinois was sued by the state.
She's accused of selling ads in a fake magazine, and scamming people in McLean County of $1,700. Cunningham settled in court earlier this summer. She was ordered to refund some of that money back to McLean County businesses, but the settlement didn't mean she admitted to any wrongdoing.
That scam happened a few years back, but it appears to have popped up again. A few month ago, the boutique, Social Butterfly, got a visit from a woman selling ads for a women's magazine, Her Lifestyle. It sounded familiar to owner Jan Johnson.
"She kinda came into the store one day, showed me a magazine and said they were doing advertisements," said Johnson.
But when Johnson saw Cunningham's picture she said the woman had introduced herself as "Rachel Walker-Spencer." In fact, a lot of business owners said the same thing.
"That's her, that's definitely Rachel," said Stefanie Pratt, a Coldwell Banker Realtor. Pratt was approached by Cunningham as well.
"It's definitely her," said Amanda Wyatt with Cream and Flutter.
Dozens of business in Champaign County say they've been approached by the woman. She's made hundreds off sales. The address listed by the magazine is 2001 Mattis Avenue, but it led to a P.O. Box at the post office. The phone number listed for the magazine also only led to a voice mail.
It's the same response Johnson has been getting. Her first ad was published, but so far, nothing on her second ad, and she isn't holding her breath for something to come through.
"I tried going online and messaging her. Her Facebook now has been taken down," said Johnson.
The Attorney General says it's gotten some calls from people in Champaign County. Authorities are looking into these cases.