- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A 20-year-old Merrill woman will spend five days in jail and a year on probation after she was convicted of collecting money donors believed was going to a person suffering from lung cancer.

WSAW-TV (https://bit.ly/1x5b8OC ) reports Celina Winchell was convicted of theft and obstructing an officer after investigators say she and her father placed donation jars at 16 Merrill businesses.

Winchell’s father, Edmund, earlier was sentenced to five days in jail.

One Merrill business employee told police the pair asked if a donation jar could be put out.

According to court documents, family members told investigators Celina Winchell’s short haircut was due to a bad dye job, not chemotherapy.

In addition to writing an apology letter, Celina Winchell also was ordered to pay $255 restitution to the American Cancer Society.


Information from: WSAW-TV, https://www.wsaw.com

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