Woman falsely claims to have cancer, accepts donations

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A 31-year-old Belleville, Illinois woman faces felony charges for accepting money around a claim that she was dying from cancer.

(KSDK) A 31-year-old Belleville, Illinois woman faces felony charges for accepting money around a claim that she was dying from cancer.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney charged Alissa Jackson with two felony theft charges.

Jackson claimed to be dying from stage four ovarian cancer and the community rallied around her in support.

According to multiple sources, Jackson said she suffered from cancer starting more than two years ago. After multiple inconsistencies in her stories, people tipped off police about the claims.

“The fact that this individual preyed on the good nature of our community and the people of our community for her own personal gain is absolutely disgusting in my opinion and pure evil,” said Belleville Police Sgt. Mark Heffernan.

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