A mother is behind bars after police said she raised money by tricking many into thinking her daughter was dying from cancer.
Carrie Campbell, 35, of St. Joseph, MO, is charged with forgery.
Dick Campbell's morning paper is hitting a little too close to home right now, with his ex-daughter-in-law's face staring back from the front page.
"It doesn't make me feel proud," Dick Campbell said. "It wasn't nice."
Police said Carrie Campbell faked medical documents to show her 17-year-old daughter has had a rare form of terminal cancer, then using those papers to solicit donations from area businesses.
Fundraisers were planned around town and a bank account was set up to raise money for the family. The benefit golf tournament, previously scheduled in St. Joseph to help raise money for medical expenses, has since been canceled.
"This started hitting Facebook locally that they are going have all of these fundraisers for her and I got a hold of my son and I said, ‘What is going on?' He said, ‘I don't know, but I'll find out,'" Campbell said.
"I'm completely sure, 100 percent sure, that she is fine. She is normal. We received the documents today from Children's Mercy Hospital, and there is nothing in there about cancer," said Dave Campbell, father of the faked cancer victim.
The family says Children's Mercy diagnosed asthma and a thyroid condition, but nothing life-threatening. And the teenager's dad says she was in on the lie too. Children's Mercy Hospital initially reported the situation to police.
"I believe she should be prosecuted as well, because she went right along with her mother, handing out them flyers, telling those people," Dave Campbell said. "If you don't get a slap on the hand somewhere in life, you're not going to learn a lesson, I believe."
And the family worries the rest of the community could learn a different lesson from this.
"There are a lot of good, honest people around St. Joe, and what are they going to do next time something like this really happens. They're going to say, 'Oh no, the last time it was a scam. This may be a scam too.' Not right," Dick Campbell said.
The teenage girl has not been charged with anything. Her mother is being held on $35,000 bond.
Police are not releasing how much money the family received in donations, but they say they will try to return all the money.
Anything that can't be returned will be donated to a cancer foundation.
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