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
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A woman may have thwarted being a victim of a violent crime by faking a seizure.
According to SF Gate, Julie Dragland was on a BART train heading to San Francisco when a person reportedly handed her a note threatening to rob her at gunpoint. The 32-year-old Oakland resident then faked a seizure, which attracted the attention of other passengers on the train and scared the mugger into fleeing from the train.
“When I read the note, I started freaking out,” she said in an interview Sunday. “I did not want to give up my stuff, but I had no idea who was behind me.” She shared the threatening note on Twitter (Her profile is private and the note cannot be seen) but KTVU shared an image in a news airing about the incident:
The note read, “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If
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