Columbia Woman Accused of Cancer Scam

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Tuesday, December 12 2006 Dec 12, 2006 Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:55:37 AM CST December 12, 2006 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - A Columbia woman plead not guilty in Boone County court to faking cancer so she could solicit donations. Sarah Herman is charged with felony stealing. Prosecutors say she told people that she was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and had six months to live. Friends set up a fund for her and held a benefit concert that raised more than $1800. Suspicions were raised when supporters tried to send flowers to Herman at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where she said she was being treated. Hospital personnel had no record of her. When acquaintances confronted Herman, she said she was cured. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for January second.

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