Cincinnatus woman accused of faking cancer, stealing money from benefit
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:53:50 GMT —
A Cincinnatus woman is accused of faking cancer and stealing money from a benefit intended to help cover her medical bills.
State Police say 21-year-old Kristen Seamans, of 5197 Gee Brook Road, lied to relatives, telling them she had breast cancer.
They arranged a benefit for her, which was held July 16th at the Pompey Rod & Gun Club. Police say Seamans told the trustee of the benefit fund she was using the $1,100 raised to help pay for medical bills associated with her cancer treatment.
Seamans is charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud and petit larceny. She was arraigned in the Town of LaFayette Court and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $10,000 cash or bond.
She's scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Fabius Court at a later date.
If convicted, should she be forced to reimburse the people who donated money? Should she face jail time or counseling? Leave your thoughts below.
This incident is reminiscent of a similar story earlier this year about an Onondaga woman who lied about having Lymphoma in order to get attention. 31-year-old Brigid Corcoran was sentenced in June to five years of probation and had to pay restitution.