Quad Cities woman charged in fake cancer scam
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS August 6, 2013 9:44AM
Jennifer L. Pauley, 33, of East Moline, Ill., charged with identity theft, wire fraud, deceptive practices and forgery. Authorities say she lied about having cancer, even creating fake medical records, to swindle her boyfriend. | AP Photo
EAST MOLINE, Ill. — A Quad Cities woman is facing charges after authorities say she lied about having cancer — even creating fake medical records — to swindle her boyfriend.
The Moline Dispatch reports Jennifer L. Pauley is set to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old is being held on $140,000 bond in the Rock Island County Jail after being charged with identity theft, wire fraud, deceptive practices and forgery.
East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault says Pauley created fake medical records and forged the signatures of area oncologists. She used her boyfriend’s personal information to open lines of credit and write checks under his name.
He says she never had cancer and used the money to support a drug habit.
Police are still tabulating how much money was stolen.