- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A 31-year-old Lincoln woman is facing charges after lying about having a fatal illness to collect nearly $12,000 in gifts from fellow church members.

Lincoln Police said the woman was arrested on suspicion of felony theft after preying on other people’s sympathies for two months by claiming to have cancer and brain tumors.

Officer Katie Flood says Nebraska Health and Human Services officials contacted police last fall because they believed the woman might be improperly receiving benefits.

Flood says the woman received $11,888.39 in rent payments, new furniture, groceries, clothing and other household items.

And medical documents refuted the woman’s cancer claims.

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