SAN JOSE – Gilroy, a 36-year-old woman, has pleaded guilty to extorting funds to pay for cancer treatment she never needed or received, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
Amanda Christine Riley pleaded guilty to one count of electronic fraud on Tuesday.
Under the plea agreement, Riley admitted that in September 2012, while she was living in San Jose, she “developed and implemented a plan to receive money from donors, falsely claiming that she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. USA. release.
“Riley admitted that her intention was to deceive people into believing that she had cancer, and thereby convince them to donate money to her,” the prosecutor’s office said.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, this scheme was in effect until at least January 3, 2019.
Riley has documented the alleged illness on social media and on a blog. Prosecutors said she posted pictures of drugs, pictures of herself in hospitals, and pictures of her suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy. Photo captions included claims that she was taking cancer drugs and being treated for cancer.
“She even shaved her head to make it look like she had lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy,” the prosecutor’s office said.
The blog had a link to a support page that also posted false information about Riley’s alleged “fight against cancer,” according to the US Attorney’s Office. In addition, visitors could click the donate now button to donate money to Riley.
Prosecutors said Riley also confessed to organizing fundraising, including personal events at the Family Community Church in San Jose, to collect donations and raise money for cancer-related expenses.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Riley did not have lymphoma or any other type of cancer.
“When people donated to Riley online or in person, they believed that their donation would go towards Riley’s cancer-related expenses,” the prosecutor’s office said. “In fact, Riley had no cancer-related costs and donor funds were simply transferred to Riley’s personal bank account.”
Riley admitted to receiving over 400 donations worth $ 106,272, prosecutors said.
US District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman sentenced Riley to February 22, 2022. Riley faces the maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine.