The Leatha Slauson cancer scheme was caught by police, who charged her faking her daughter's colon cancer diagnosis. Slauson, from Iowa, deceived scores of people into donating money to allegedly cover hospital bills and living expenses. They were anything but true.
As The Inquisitr reports, say the 30-year-old mother of five children who's an aspiring firefighter, is being charged with child endangerment. She's not just accused of lying, but giving cannabis oil to her 5-year-old daughter.
Leatha Slauson's cancer scheme involved an elaborate hoax by setting up an account for money to be deposited into called “Rally For Riley.” A GoFundMe account was set up by Leatha last December. Donations reached $1,038 of the $2,000 goal.
" ... she[her daughter] is on very high doses of oral chemo and has just had a ng tube placed as she is not eatting very well and getting alot. she now has a picc line and is gettinfg iv chemo, she was not excepted for liver transplant at this time. she is such a brave little girl and such a fighter. i really hate asking for help exspecialy seence so many people have send such beautiful things for riley but i have no other choice. with 5 kids and 4 being special needs and medical bills and medical equiptment is adding up. all money raised will go to pay rileys bills and medical equiptment and help with gas and other exspenses. riley has an acount set up at wells fargo under rally for riley for donations. thank you!"
Officials at Slauson's daughter's school learned that none of the medical references she used were legit. None existed. That's how how the whole cancer hoax was uncovered.
Atlantic police were notified and arrested her for using her daughter for the purpose of financial gain.
"This isn’t the first time this community has stepped up for people. We do it for everybody. I did. As a matter of fact my wife had cancer last year so we’re pretty invested in the situation," Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said.
The local fire dept. apparently holds no grudges against the single mom who's struggling. They support her more now more than anything.
"Under the current circumstances, she needs our support more than ever and will remain an honorary member and we wish her nothing but the best in her future," Fire Chief McNees posted on the department’s Facebook page.
This is hardly anything new when it comes to parents using their children for financial gain in scamming the public out of money. The Leatha Slauson cancer deceit is just another one added to the list, even if she was trying to provide for her family.