Man Fakes Terminal Cancer, Spends $23000 Donation Money On Video Games, Weed And Debt

A man from Faribault, Minnesota allegedly lied about having terminal cancer to collect donation money for “medical care.” Instead, he bought marijuana and the video game “Clash of Clans.” Investigators also claim he spent some of the $23,000 he received to pay down his credit card debt.

Last week, Jeremiah Jon Smith, 37, was charged with theft by swindle, according to CBS Minnesota. He pretended to have stage four cancer, with only months left to live, Fox59 reports.

“It is surprising,” said Rice County Attorney John Fossum. “I guess you don’t expect to see people pretend to have a disease to try and make money off of it.” The investigation into Smith’s theft began in May 2016 after police were tipped off about Smith’s fundraisers. He had several, including a GoFundMe page and a fundraiser held in a ballroom.

“I’m fairly confident that Mr. Smith was the only one that was

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/man-fakes-terminal-cancer-spends-23000-donation-money-on-video-games-weed-and-debt