Tennessee woman faces fraud charges after marriage fraud

NEXTON, Fla.

— A woman facing fraud charges in Florida over her marriage to a man she met online is expected to plead not guilty at a court hearing Wednesday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Shana E. Jones, 38, of West Palm Beach, was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and fraudulently obtaining a marriage license.

She was arrested at her home on the 400 block of West Lake Avenue after a woman called 911 to report that she had been raped and killed.

The victim was identified as 34-year-old Michael Brown.

He was found dead inside a bathtub in his home, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Gary Davis said investigators believe Jones may have been involved in the murder of Brown, but could not provide details.

Jones has a history of convictions for theft and credit card fraud.

She also had multiple convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and she was arrested in July on a felony warrant for possession with intent to deliver cocaine, Davis said.

She has a prior felony conviction for possession, Davis added.

Jones is being held without bond and has not been ordered to be held in the Monroe jail.