An Alabama woman raised over a quarter of a million dollars while pretending to have terminal cancer for three years. From from 2014 to 2017, Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, 37, collected a total of $264,163 from donors through GoFundMe accounts and by asking for money on social media pages. In August, the former special education teacher pleaded guilty to wire fraud and bank fraud, according to People. Last Wednesday, she was sentenced to serve 25 months in prison in addition to paying restitution to her victims.
Cataldo spoke at her sentencing last week.
“I am overcome with sorrow,” she said, according to AL.com. “They trusted me, they loved me. I was deceitful and I lied. I’m sorry. I don’t know a better word than sorry. […]I want to be a better person for my son, for my parents,” she said Wednesday.
In court, Cataldo’s lawyer Adam Danneman said she developed a painkiller
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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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