Fake Cancer Patient Pleads Guilty To Charity Theft
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– A woman who pretended to have cancer to take money out of a Colorado police charity has pleaded guilty to theft.
Julie Jane Martin pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of theft for conning the Cops Fighting Cancer Foundation out of nearly $10,000. Martin began conning the organization in 2009 and continued over the course of a 15-month period.
Martin claimed to have cancer, Leukemia, cervical cancer, spinal tumors, chest tumors and kidney tumors. She told foundation members that she was under going treatment in Colorado at one of the local hospitals.
The Cops Fighting Cancer foundation assisted Martin by paying for her lodging and airline tickets to go back and forth from her home in Portland, Ore. The foundation also paid for other health-related expenses.
Martin also participated in a foundation video showing real life cancer victims telling their stories about how they have been helped by the Cops Fighting Cancer foundation.
Martin faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 years in the Department of Corrections when she is sentenced Dec. 30.