Woman Who Faked Having Terminal Cancer Scammed $25K From Donors

Police say a woman in Georgia faked having terminal cancer in order to obtain more than $25,000 in cash and gifts from unsuspecting donors.

Mary Bennett allegedly began faking that she had Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2010. People reports Robin Regan, a police spokesperson wth the Forsyth County Sheriff’s department said Bennet told people she had cancer and got community members to set up fundraisers for her.

The Associated Press reports gifts poured in, including autographs and letters of support from players with the Atlanta Braves, as well as trips to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans, and a hot air balloon ride.

“A lot of people donated to her,” Regan told People. “When we began investigating, obtaining search warrants and speaking with a lot of doctors and hospitals, they had no knowledge of her and they had not treated her as a patient.”

Regan said Bennet ultimately confessed to inventing the cancer diagnosis. Bennet was charged with felony first-degree forgery and misdemeanor theft.

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