Teen Accused of Faking Cancer, Collecting $17,000 in Donations

September 15, 2011 Updated Sep 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM EDT

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Teen Accused of Faking Cancer, Collecting $17,000 in Donations

September 15, 2011 Updated Sep 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM EDT

An 18-year-old Texas woman is facing theft charges for allegedly claiming she had leukemia and collecting approximately $17,000 in donations, according to a story in the El Paso Times.

According to the story, police said a three-month investigation found that the woman had no record of having leukemia. The story says the teen said she was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2, and that she was fighting an re-occurrence of the cancer.

Read the El Paso Times story HERE.