Canadian Woman Allegedly Fakes Cancer To Gain Funds For Gambling
Canadian officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a growing problem involving cancer fraud. The fourth person is the past several months has been arrested and charged with fraud relating to faking cancer to gain charity funds.
Tina Michele Sammons is loading up anti-gambling lawmakers with ammunition with the latest fraud scheme. Authorities have charged Sammons with four counts of fraud over $5,000 for her role in milking over $300,000 from her family. Sammons told the family members that she had brain cancer, and her treatment was not covered by the B.C. health care system.
Among those that were duped out of the money, according to authorities, were her husband's parents, one of her brother's co-workers, and her husband's brother. It is believed that the money was used to fuel a gambling addiction that was carried out at the View Royal Casino.
A former friend of Sammons claims that she would regularly go with Sammons to the casino. Sammons' game of choice, according to Brittany Harvey, was $7 and $14 slots. It is not known whether any of the funds were used at the new online casino that has been launched this year by the B.C. Lottery Corp.
Charity foundations are becoming weary of the fake cancer fraud schemes. Among the others arrested in the past few months were Jessica Ann Leeder, who faked lung cancer and pleaded guilty to fraud charges. Ashley Kirilow went as far as to shave herself to collaborate her story.
This past Friday, Christopher Gordon was charged with fraud for claiming he had terminal brain cancer. The accused Gordon reportedly made off with $3,000 in the scheme. Authorities are now urging citizens to do more research before giving charity funds to any individuals.
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