A mother in Texas has been arrested for conning people out of money by pretending her daughter had cancer.
Authorities say Juanita Garcia, 46, shaved her 7-year-old daughter’s head, actually convincing the poor girl she had the disease, UPI reported.
According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Garcia went on to hold several fundraisers to raise money for her daughter’s ‘cancer treatment’, scamming money from generous strangers.
She managed to convince people in person and over social media that her daughter only had months to live, but investigators found the girl to be in perfect health.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said:
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is urging the community to verify and confirm information from fundraisers that they choose to participate in. In many cases, asking questions and utilizing good common-sense approaches can prevent someone from being the target of a fraudulent scheme. Legitimate organizations, groups, or persons who are fundraising will have ways to verify and confirm information about their events.
Garcia is now being held in the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on a felony charge of child exploitation.