LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A Central Florida gymnastics coach faces felony fraud charges. Parents say Chrystal Hinchliffe suddenly shut down her studio and took thousands of dollars from parents. They then say she took off to Southwest Florida.
Hinchliffe turned herself into Lee County deputies this week. But it's what she did once she bonded out-- that has parents floored.
Dozens of upset parents formed two Facebook groups, after they say Zero Gravity Gymnastics ripped them off. The default picture on one of the pages is the studio owner's mug shot, after she was booked at the Lee County Jail. But once Chrystal Hinchliffe bonded out, she posted a picture of her own to the page.
The 27-year old gymnastics instructor faces charges for allegedly stealing $3,500 of her clients cash.
But just hours after she bonded out, parents say Hinchliffe served up another blow. She snapped a picture outside the Lee County Jail, and posted it to a Facebook group of parents, who say she cleaned house.
South Daytona investigators say Hinchliffe faces claims she defrauded at least 40 people. Parents say she suddenly closed her gymnastics studio, and took off with their checks for the following months lessons.
WINK News tried talking to Hinchliffe at her parent's St.James City home on Thursday. She declined to comment and threatened our crew.