JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The story is almost unbelievable.
"This is something you would see on a Lifetime movie. Con artist cons somebody from the outside," said private investigator Kathleen Conran.
But the details are too shocking to be scripted.
Private Investigator Jennifer Moore was busted Saturday for smuggling drugs, cigarettes and confidential court documents to an inmate at the Duval County Jail: Morris McClendon.
She met McClendon while he was in jail on a laundry list of charges, including domestic battery and car jacking.
37-year-old Moore was the private investigator on his case.
She told her ex-boss she loved him.
"She's going to lose her entire livelihood for a career criminal," said Conran.
Kathleen Conran owns Conran Investigations and employed Moore as a subcontractor for 4 years.
Because she works undercover, she didn't want to show her face, but said she holds all of her employees to the highest standards.
"When I go and stick my right hand on the Bible and say 'I do solemnly swear,' that means something," she said.
She fired Moore a week before her arrest for lying about a case, but still said her arrest was a shock.
"Your honor and your word is all you have. And if you once lose that, you can't work for my company," she said.
And in a business that relies on the truth, Moore's arrest stings.
"You can't control what every employee does, but still, I'm going to have to live with that tarnishment on my company's record for a long time to come," she said.
But longer for Moore, who could be facing a felony charge.
McClendon doesn't have anything left to lose.
"He played her like a fiddle, and she fell right for it. And she's lost everything for it," she said.
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