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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mother arrested for pretending her son had cancer to con money out of her community (PICTURED)

Mother: Stephanie Weddle, 33, told her local community her son had small cell lung
cancer to swindle them out of money.
A mother has plead guilty to forgery charges after she collected almost $1,500 in
donations by telling everyone her healthy ten-year-old son had cancer.
Stephanie Weddle, 33, from Indianapolis, will face up to four years in community
corrections under the plea deal.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a second forgery count and a theft charge. She also
will be required to make restitution of $1,466.
Prosecutors say she collected $1,250 raised by a teacher and never paid $216 to a
youth baseball group for T-shirts and wrist bands earmarked to raise money.
A police detective who happened to coach the boy in baseball became suspicious
because the boy did not show signs of having gone through radiation treatment
and chemotherapy.
A check of medical facilities revealed the boy had not been treated for cancer.
She was arrested in August and charged with forgery in connection with documents
which she claimed were from Community Health Network and Riley Hospital for
Children to allow her son to participate in a baseball program.
Court documents say several fundraisers were organized to help the mother with
medical expenses for her son's small cell lung cancer, though it is unclear how
many were conducted or the final outcome, the Indianapolis Star reports.
IMPD Detective Sgt. Eric Eads said at the time of her arrest: 'Yeah this is pretty
low as far as telling, Number one, your kid (that) he's sick and then having him
play along with it. (It's) pretty low.'
Investigators said Weddle admitted using the donations to buy gas, pay utility bills
and to cover registration fees for her children's sports programs.
Lies: Weddle was charged with forgery in connection with documents which she
claimed were from Community Health Network and Riley Hospital for Children,
pictured, to allow her son to participate in a baseball program
Read more: Daily Mail

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