A Florida woman is facing charges for allegedly trying to win a $33 million construction project with a fake engineering degree.
Janet Maria LeGrand, 46, was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on July 19 on a charge of organized scheme to defraud, according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.
LeGrand is listed as the president/CEO of Bleu Network Inc., which was one of three bidders for a project to revitalize an area in Homestead, in south Florida.
She “methodically created an elaborate facade to make the Bleu Network Inc. appear to be a large, reputable company,” investigators said.
The Herald also reported police records show LeGrand has a probation violation for writing bad checks and for failure to disclose “eight civil lawsuits and 15 wage complaints against her.”
Bleu Network's website also included several allegedly false statements, such as LeGrand being a University of Miami graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and her company having offices in South America.
LeGrand reportedly also has an active lawsuit against the city that contend bidding on the Homestead project was not conducted properly.
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