Sunday, April 22, 2012

Texas Teen Collected $17,000 by Faking Cancer; Arrested and Charged with Theft-By-Deception

The New York Post website reports today (April 22, 2012) that a Texas teenager -- who raised more than $17,000 after telling classmates that she was dying of cancer -- was arrested on April 20, and charged with theft-by-deception.

Angie Gomez, 19, told her family, friends, and fiance in January 2011 that she had just six months to live in her battle with cancer.

The Horizon City teen set up her own charity foundation -- called "Achieve the Dream" -- and raised $17,000 from fundraisers, checks, gift cards, and in-kind donations.

A long-running investigation revealed that the hospital Gomez said had treated her held no record of her as a patient.

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