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Woman claims to have cancer, receives $25 000 in gifts

28 January 2016, 13:33

Lagos – A US woman has been accused of pretending to have cancer in order to collect donations and gifts of more than $25 000.

People reported Mary Bennett, of Cumming, Georgia, was charged with felony first-degree forgery and misdemeanour theft,

"Basically, she went around saying that she had terminal cancer and there were fundraisers put up for her and a lot of people donated to her," a public information from Forsyth County Sheriff’s office, Robin Regan has said.

The police have said that after they began investigating Bennett, they discovered that the doctors and hospitals that she claimed to be getting treatment from did not have her registered as a patient.

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When interrogated, Bennett confessed that she made it all up.

According to the police, the $25 000 gifts included skydiving trips, fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico, a hot air balloon ride and signed letters from members of the Atlanta Braves.

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