Woman Accused Of Faking Son's Cancer To Receive Benefits

woman accused of faking son's cancerShe's even alleged to have shaved her own son's head in the hopes of tricking everyone.

A 36-year-old English woman appeared in court Wednesday over charges she bilked insurers out of £100,000 (roughly $150,000). Her scheme is alleged to have centered on her 9-year-old son, whom the woman reportedly claimed had cancer in order to receive benefits. The names of the woman and her family will remain sealed throughout the course of the proceedings.

"The essence really is that she informed a large number of schools, medical staff and authorities that her children were substantially ill. They were not able to take part in school activities because of the pressure she put them under," Gloucester prosecutor Peter Ashby said, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

In total, the fraud is said to have been carried out over a seven-year span. The woman, who has five kids in total, resides with her family in the town of Berkeley, located in the southwestern English county of Gloucestershire. She stands accused of child cruelty, forgery and neglect as part of a 17-count indictment.

"She allegedly shaved her son's head and eyebrows to convince people that he was undergoing chemotherapy," Ashby also said, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The years of alleged fraud were detected in an investigation by the British Department for Work and Pensions. The woman first appeared in the Gloucester Crown Court on Aug. 17 for related offenses and will next appear before the court in the coming week.

With health care a topic of hot debate on both sides of the Atlantic, the introduction of new legislation in the U.S. last year has coincided with a spike in fraud in this country. According to a report in USA Today, the Obama administration has paired the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act with increased vigilance for fraud. And the first eight months of 2011 has seen an 85 percent spike in health care fraud convictions from last year. That translates to 903 total charges, according to statistics culled by the non-partisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

"That's just a stunning number when you see it in the first eight months," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said of the news. "We're just going to build on this model, and we're going to hold those responsible who are stealing from the government."

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how can she do this man how cheappppp


October 10 2011 at 5:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article says they are stealing the "governments" money. These people are stealing from the TAXPAYER! Taxpayer = HARD working Americans.

October 06 2011 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hard working Americans? In England?

October 06 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just when I thought Americans are the one's knowing to make a living by being fruadulent - here comes another Twist ... I beleive anyone on welfare should not be allowed ot have more than two children . People like her should not be allowed to breed like a rabbit ...

October 06 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its like they say there is a sucker born every minute. The problem about this there will be someone out there will read this story and try the same thing. Not sure how many of you that have gotten the sick brother e-mail asking for money . Another scam. The other problem as soon as one of these con artist put a child or a pet in thier scam we cave. That is a trick a bum uses he go to the dog pound and gets a puppy and sit on the corner and begs for money(some of these guy make 6 figures begging. So for you bleeding hearts (some day it me) check into the thing you want to give money to and see what the people are getting paid to run it .

October 06 2011 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could you teach your children to lie like that?

October 06 2011 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I knew of a woman that shaved her own head and said she had cancer to make men feel sorry for her. She didn't care if they were married or not.

October 06 2011 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J's Damsel

I find it odd how the story started out about a woman accepting a bunch of money as donations for supposedly sick kids, and ended about Ob's health care bill and catching frauds. Hmm... sounds like a political statement more than an interest story.

October 06 2011 at 8:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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October 06 2011 at 8:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Karma will get them

October 06 2011 at 8:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

She is the lowest of the low. And how traumatized her son must be. I would think she would have had to produce Drs. names treating the boy and medical bills. We have to wise up to this kind of person.

October 06 2011 at 8:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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