This woman has been accused of faking cancer to scam money and also faking her own death
A woman who faked her own death now faces prison time for scamming people into thinking she had cancer. Abbey Arthur has been charged with theft by deception after she raised nearly $10,000 for what she claimed was life-saving cancer treatment. Turns out she was fine, and pocketed the cash.
Abbey, who is known in her home state of Georgia as the "cancer scam lady," set up GoFundMe, YouCaring and Ko-Fi accounts to raise money for medical bills. She convinced followers that she was desperately ill with stage three liver cancer, which had spread to her right kidney and gallblader. Abbey tweeted images of herself receiving treatment in hospital, which eagled-eyed readers noticed were stolen from blogs of people suffering with actual cancer.
The photograph above was taken from the blog a woman named Emily Agnew who was a cancer patient in May 2017. Abbey uploaded it to her Twitter in December. She has since deleted her account, but archived tweets from November show she regularly posted about how she coped with her "cancer."
She also posted images of herself with what appeared to be surgery scars, although they looked unrealistic and photoshopped. There were also discrepancies between some of Abbey's pictures, noticeably of her arms. In photos posted of her when she was outside hospital, you could see her arm and wrist tattoos. In photos she posted posted inside hospital, the tattoos had vanished.
Abbey also appeared to have faked her own death earlier this year, when she tweeted that her "sister" found her dead body. It read: "She seemed fine when we left the hospital Thursday and were supposed to go to dinner Friday. I called her several times and got no answer. I went to her home, no answer. Finally called the police, and they found her on the living room floor."
And she added: "Whether it was complications from her surgery last week or the empty bottle of Xanax beside her that caused her death, we don't know. After talking with Dr. Hansra, her body is being transferred to Atlanta for an autopsy. This was decided after he responded to my call about her."
Abbey is alive, and currently in Dougherty County Jail in Georgia. She could face 16 years in prison if found guilty of theft by deception. In March, she asked the judge in her case to delay a trial because of cancer treatment. The judge ruled that the documentation Abbey provided was fake, and there were no medical records saying Abbey had cancer.
She has been denied bond, and her case continues.
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