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NW Mo. Woman Charged With Fake Cancer Scam

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP)- A northwest Missouri woman has been accused of trying to raise money by falsely claiming her daughter had a rare form of cancer.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 35-year-old Carrie Campbell of St. Joseph was charged Friday with felony forgery in connection with claims that her 17-year-old daughter had anaplastic thyroid cancer.

Police Captain Kevin Castle said a Kansas City hospital reported that Campbell had forged medical documents in order to receive benefits from the cancer diagnosis. Castle says the diagnosis was false. Campbell is also accused of distributing fliers for benefit events to help pay for cancer treatment.

Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Campbell, who’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. A message on a phone listing under her name said it was not taking messages.

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