A Jacksonville woman is in jail after she was accused of "preying on people’s religious faith" to defraud them out of $106,000, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
Maria Constanza Shults, 62, was arrested on one count of organized scheme to defraud in excess of $50,000, where she sold pilgrimages to religious sites, then canceled the trips without refunding the victims’ money, the FDLE said.
Shults is accused of setting up proposed trips to Catholic parishioners to holy sites in countries such as Israel, Italy and Portugal. The trips cost up to $7,500 apiece, the FDLE said.
Shults would reportedly cancel the trips without refunding the money, authorities said. There were reportedly over two dozen victims in Florida alone.