A California woman conned her family and friends into believing that she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, allowing her to collect more than $7,000 in donation from concerned friends, family and supporters.
The 25-year-old Meaghan Hudson claimed that she needed money for chemotherapy treatment, according to New York Daily News.
Her friends and family were mortified after they had set up a fundraising website to receive contributions for Hudson.
In the summer of 2013, Hudson sent a text message to her family and friends, stating she have some disturbing news. She claimed to have multiple myeloma cancer, and that she was unlikely to survive, according to NBC San Diego.
Meaghan’s sister, Haley Hudson, confided her sister had shaved her head to make it appear that she was on chemotherapy. She also uploaded pictures of her seemingly sitting in doctors’ waiting rooms.
Haley explains that Meaghan’s family lived in Texas and due to the long distance between the two states, it was easier for Meaghan to maintain the rip-off.
Hudson had also received donations from high school friends in Dayton, Ohio. To show their support for her, some even shaved their heads and received matching tattoos.
Hudson’s stepmother says that she had a history of lying to “get attention.”Since her arrest, she has not communicated with her family.
Out on bail, Hudson is now living with a friend of hers. When asked how she was reacting to the criminal investigation, he explained that she thinks that the world was, “hating on her.”
An anonymous caller tipped the Chula Visa police of Hudson’s supposed lies. She was arrested last summer.
Hudson’s court hearing in San Diego County is scheduled on April 29. She is facing felony charges of fraud and also grand theft.