BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - Charges have been filed against a woman police say pretended to have cancer only to scam money from her community. Alissa A. Jackson, 31, of Belleville, charged with two counts of Felony Theft. Police say Jackson made thousands of dollars by tricking her entire community into believing she had terminal cancer. People also helped her raise more than$7,000 in community fundraisers along with online donations.
Her community eventually became suspicious and an investigation revealed that she never had the illness.
Authorities say she even made friends with a cancer patient who recently died. That persons family along with the others who were scammed are furious.
Her bond has been set at $100,000.