22-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Collecting N6 Million after Faking that She had Cancer

22-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Collecting N6 Million after Faking that She had Cancer

- A 22-year-old woman faked cancer to get donations from well-wishers and spent the cash on drugs

- Katie deceived her husband and family members into believing she had cancer and even shaved to play the part

- Her family finally established that she was lying and informed police authorities

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A woman has been arrested for fleecing money from her Facebook friends, church and community by pretending she had cancer.

Woman, 22, Arrested after Faking Cancer Diagnosis, Collecting KSh 1.6 Million in Donations
Katie Lynn Shellhorse faked a cancer diagnosis. Photos: Katie Lynn Shellhorse and Polk County police.
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Lynn Shellhorse, 22, from Georgia, US, collected thousands of dollars from unsuspecting well-wishers by faking cancer.

WSB-TV, an ABC-affiliated television station, reported that authorities started investigating the case in April 2021 after receiving a tip-off from a family member saying Katie’s claims she had cancer were untrue.

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According to estimates, Katie received N6 million in donations from fundraising efforts, church members and neighbours.

In a bid to make her lie believable, Kati shaved her head multiple times.

A family member who spoke to the police said Katie used the money to purchase marij*uana and alcohol.

On May 17, she was charged with theft by deception.

Following the arrest, her family released a statement saying she also duped them into believing she had cancer.

However, after a few months, they started suspecting that the mother of two and began keeping records of her claims.

“We didn’t understand why her doctor wouldn’t allow a family member to accompany her to visits or why her experience was so different from anyone we’d ever known who dealt with cancer."

Incredibly, Katie’s husband was also in the dark and was convinced she had cancer.

According to the family, they filed a report with the police after gathering enough evidence to debunk claims that she had cancer.

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“Finally, she admitted that she falsely claimed to have cancer."

Her family claimed being devastated by her actions, saying that they would not defend her. They further apologised to well-wishers duped by Katie.

“We pray for all that were affected and believe that justice will be served."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Yoruba actor had been arrested by the police for defrauding traders with fake alerts.

Explaining how they managed to scam their victims, the actor named Olajide opened up on a malicious system that involved requesting payment details after purchasing items from unsuspecting traders.

This was usually followed by using the information to generate their details via the USSD channel of his bank. After this, Olajide said the date and amount of old bank alerts are altered and resent to the traders expecting payment.

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