- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - A criminal charge has been filed against a Shawnee woman who allegedly obtained funds after falsely claiming to have cancer.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office says the charge was filed Wednesday against 40-year-old Jennifer Garrison. Online Pottawatomie County Court records do not indicate whether Garrison has an attorney.

Prosecutors say Garrison posted online information about a surgery to remove a tumor and part of her stomach. Garrison also claimed she shaved her head because chemotherapy was causing her hair to fall out. Groups collected money for Garrison’s treatments and a vacation for Garrison and her young son.

Garrison is charged with one count of obtaining property by trick, deception, false representation or pretense. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.



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