FAKING CANCER: Woman Arrested For Fraud
A Quad Cities woman is behind bars after allegedly faking a cancer diagnosis.
33-year-old Jennifer Pauley faces six felony charges.
Authorities say she was trying to scam her boyfriend out of thousands of dollars to fund her drug habit.
Police say Pauley told her boyfriend of three years she had cancer.
She even went so far as to say she was being treated by an Illinois doctor and allegedly forged documents about her diagnosis.
Police say Pauley’s boyfriend gave her money for medical bills but she used it to buy drugs.
She is also accused of stealing her boyfriend’s identity to open credit card accounts.
“It’s not necessarily illegal to have someone’s information it’s what you do with it,” explains East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault. “In this instance, with both the identity fraud and the doctor’s information, she defrauded someone out of money.”
Police say the scheme added up to at least $10,000.
Pauley is being held on $140,000 bond.