Transcript for Woman charged with pretending to have cancer
We turn to a scam out of Pennsylvania where a woman has been charged with pretending to have cancer and collecting $10,000 from good samaritans. Diane Macedo has that story. Good morning. This woman is now charged with theft by deception, false impression and receiving stolen property. The avid power lifter was painted as an inspiration to cancer patients and donations started to roll in. As she shaved her head and shows photos of her getting chemotherapy, police say it was all a lie. Pennsylvania mom Jessica Anne Smith is facing jail time accused by police of duping good samaritans out of more than $10,000 by claiming she had cancer. People are coming out of the woodwork to help which is, I mean, like will restore anyone's faith in humanity. The donations started pouring in on gofundme and Facebook after she told friends she was facing a mountain of medical bills while battling colon cancer detailing her recovery on social media. I have chemo burns right now. Reporter: It caught on. In October the 31-year-old was invited to speak about her diagnosis on the podcast "The ever evolving truth." The doctor is taking my history as he's looking at my blood work and he's like I really think you have colon She was going through a cancer checklist where she was, you know, shaving the head so that it looks like she lost her hair during chemo. You know, she was feeling sick. She was taking off work because of her illness. Reporter: She reappeared on the podcast four days later criticizings those who accused her of lying? If anyone was straight up saying I think you're faking this I would say you're coming to chemo with me on Monday. Reporter: A formal investigation began after Smith's own husband came forward telling police he did not believe his wife had cancer. Those photos she claimed showed her receiving chemotherapy, a doctor tells police she was actually undergoing an iron transfusion for anemia. She made people believe she had a serious cancer diagnosis. The fact is she didn't have Reporter: Smith's fund-raisers were eventually shut down. Facebook tells us the fund-raiser violated their terms adding that refunds will be processed for all donors and a gofundme spokesperson tells ABC news they are working with law enforcement and will also refund donors. And in addition to the charges in Pennsylvania, a Delaware court tells us that state also has a warrant for Elizabeth Hur arrest but couldn't confirm details until it is served. We reached out to Smith's attorney. He says he dos it not have any comment at this time. Wow. So brazen. One of these stories that just continues to unravel. Exactly. Thanks, Diane. We get the late heest on
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