Woman accused of faking cancer & accepting donations for it

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A woman is in police custody, accused of collecting donations after she faked a cancer diagnoses.

WAVE-TV reports that Harrison County Police say Teryn Applegate, 27, told the community and her family, including her three children, she had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and that doctors had given her six months to live.

Fundraisers were held within the community to raise money for Applegate's medical and burial expenses.

Police said after receiving an anonymous tip they began to investigate Applegate's claims. Officers uncovered medical records confirming she had never been diagnosed with brain tumors or any form of cancer.

Friday Applegate was arrested on theft charges.

During an interview with police Applegate said she participated in a fundraising event at the VFW in Charlestown, Indiana and had received donations from several members of the Harrison County community, including a church.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone who donated money to Applegate to call them at (812) 738-2195.

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