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California woman faked cancer, scammed money from friends and family, IRS alleges

California woman faked cancer, scammed money from friends and family, IRS alleges 10

SAN JOSE, Calif. (TCD) —

A Gilroy, California woman has been charged with felony wire fraud after allegedly soliciting financial donations from friends, family, church members and online supporters for nonexistent cancer treatments between 2012 to 2016.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as early as October 2012, Amanda C. Riley made claims on social media that she had been diagnosed with cancer in June 2012.

She published accounts of her “battle with cancer” on social media, claiming she had Hodgkin lymphoma, documenting her “purported illness” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her blog, according to the complaint filed in Santa Clara County.

An IRS special agent investigating the case alleges Riley used these online platforms to begin soliciting money to help pay for her claimed medical expenses. Riley is alleged to have known that she did not have lymphoma or any other type of cancer at the time, or at any other point.

The criminal complaint alleges Riley received donated funds, but deposited them into her personal bank account and spent some of it on personal expenses. She did not spend any of the donated money to pay for medical expenses associated with Hodgkin lymphoma, investigators allege.

In 2012, Riley’s social media accounts and her website showed photos of…

California woman faked cancer, scammed money from friends and family, IRS alleges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (TCD) — A Gilroy, California woman has been charged with felony wire fraud after allegedly soliciting financial donations from friends, family, church members and online supporters for nonexistent cancer treatments between 2012 to 2016. According to a federal criminal complaint filed this week in the U.S.



California woman faked cancer, scammed money from friends and family, IRS alleges

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