Indianapolis woman falsely claimed son had cancer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman has agreed to plead guilty to forgery for collecting nearly $1,500 in donations by falsely claiming her 10-year-old son had cancer.

The Indianapolis Star reports 33-year-old Stephanie Weddle 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. Weddle also must make restitution.

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. Weddle later admitted to police the boy was never diagnosed with cancer.

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