Woman faked cancer for cash

JACKSON, Mich. –A woman pretended to have liver cancer and took in about $20,000 from fundraisers to pay for her fictitious treatments, authorities said.

Jean Anne Allen, 36, was arraigned Thursday after state police said they found no evidence she was being treated for the disease.

“She duped a lot of people,” said state police Sgt. Lisa Gee-Cram.

Friends and co-workers held a spaghetti-supper fundraiser for Allen last year after she said she needed help paying for chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of liver cancer.

Her lawyer, Kenneth Hotchkiss, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

Allen, of Norvell Township, faces up to five years in prison if convicted of fraud.

She was freed on $10,000 bond and a May 8 hearing was set.

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