- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) - Pennsylvania officials say a woman faked having cancer to collect nearly $100,000 in insurance money.

The state attorney general’s office says 50-year-old Deborah Brown of Canonsburg was charged Monday with altering hospital paperwork to make it appear she had cancer and filing fraudulent claims for treatment she never got.

Also, officials allege Brown submitted fraudulent documentation to her insurer from 2006 to 2008 for cancer treatments for her husband. But officials say her husband had surgery for prostate cancer in November 2006 and received no further treatments.

Brown is charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception and tampering with records. It wasn’t clear whether Brown had an attorney and a phone number for her could not immediately be found.