Woman That Faked Cancer Charged With Theft

By Ryan Elijah
By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- It's a story that has angered a community, a Steuben County woman scammed people out of their money by saying she had a cancer and she is now facing criminal charges.

For the 2nd time in 8 days, April Landis turned herself in to authorities, this time to face 4 D felony counts of theft after raising several thousand dollars in what turned out to be a cancer fundraiser that was based on fraud.

The 27-year-old turned herself in this morning after a warrant was issued for her arrest. About a month ago, Landis began telling friends on Facebook that she had a rare brain cancer. A fundraiser was held for her 2 weeks in Angola, raising several thousand dollars.

After that fundraiser the Executive Director for the Steuben County Cancer Association had serious doubts and confronted Landis. Last Thursday night, she walked into the Angola Police Department with thousands in checks and cash and turned herself in.

April and her husband even shaved their heads, along with other supporters, some even got tattoos.

Angola Police told INCToday, they've had a flood of phone calls from potential victims.

Steuben County Prosecutor Mike Hess, who said this will be a "long process", --- he said, like many charity fundraisers, this one had auctions and other donations that will make it more difficult to track where all the money came from.

Authorities still don't have an exact number in terms of dollars raised at the fundraiser, but it's safe to say it it will be over several thousand dollars.

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