An American woman claimed she had cancer and raised donations for 8 years to "cover her medical expenses"!
A judge on Tuesday sentenced a California woman to five years in prison for falsifying her cancer diagnosis and deceiving donors out of $105,513.
Amanda Kristen Riley of San Jose faked her diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012 and asked for donations to cover her medical expenses.
The 37-year-old used social media to blog about her "treatment" with fake cancer, shaving her head and lying to her family.
"When people donated to Riley online or through in-person fundraising, they believed their donation would be used to pay for Riley's cancer-related expenses," writes the US Attorney's Office. Simply in Riley's personal bank account."
And in October 2012, Riley launched a blog called "Lymphoma Can Suck It" and posted pictures of her talking about her treatment.
She also claimed that she was diagnosed in June and falsified medical records and doctors' diaries and testimonies to convince her family and peers that her illness was real.
The hospitals where she was supposed to be sick were also listed.
Riley continued this scheme until 2020, when the IRS charged her with fraud.
The girl pleaded guilty to the charge last fall.
She subsequently lost her job as a principal at Back Point Christina Academy in Gilroy.
The court ordered Amanda to pay compensation to those she deceived and will remain on probation for three years after she completes her time in prison.
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