Five biggest fakers in recent Colorado history
A few years ago, this plea for support caught several eyes online -- to the tune of $30,000 in donations:
Tausha Marsh, 28, has been fighting bone cancer for four years and has been recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctors in the U.S. have not given her a positive outlook, however she has been accepted as a patient by a cancer specialist in Amsterdam. This doctor specializes in alternative cancer treatments. She will be moving to the clinic early July 2008 and anticipates staying for 1 year for treatments.
Cancer treatments are very expensive, and her doctor here in the U.S. estimates she will need $300,000 to cover treatments in Europe and to pay off her past medical bills. She needs all the support that she can get: thoughts, prayers and monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
But Marsh's story didn't check out: In 2009, the then-thirty year old pled guilty to faking cancer and profiting from the lie. A judge in La Plata County District Court sentenced the athlete and model to 36 days in jail with four years of probation, and she was ordered to attend weekly counseling sessions. More importantly, however, the terms included 3,000 hours of community service, letters of apology to each person she duped and a $9,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
• "If Tausha Marsh did fake cancer, here's hoping she invested her profits with the Mormon Madoff"
• "Tausha Marsh pleads guilty to faking cancer -- but web pages asking for donations are still online"
• "Tausha Marsh, cancer faker: MySpace donation page still online even as she heads to jail"
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