Photos: Sandy Nguyen joins our list of alleged local cancer fakers
In its coverage of Sandy Nguen, who allegedly scammed $25,000 from friends and neighbors by pretending her son had cancer, 7News describes the alleged crime as "unbelievable."
Photos, video and more below.
In truth, however, it's all too easy to believe someone would perpetrate such a hoax -- since it's happened several times in Colorado over recent years. Look below to see our coverage of three previous cancer hoaxes, followed by the details of allegations against Nguyen.
Originally published September 1, 2010
In April 2009, we told you about Gunnison's Tausha Marsh, accused of faking cancer to collect thousands in donations.
When she pleaded guilty to this crime in February, Marsh's MySpace and Facebook pages begging for bucks were still online. And even as she prepares to serve 36 days in jail, the MySpace page still lingers, complete with a pitch that looks more pathetic with each passing day.
The "About Me" portion of the MySpace page reads:
Thanks for Supporting Tausha!
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. Tausha is a loving, energetic woman who is full of life. She graduated from Western State College of Colorado in 2004. Throughout her four years there, she was a scholarship player on the intercollegiate volleyball team, a walk-on for the basketball team for a year, and was very involved in the art department where she studied photography, painting, and graphic design. After graduation, she moved to Ft. Collins where she owns a photography business. In addition to her company, Tausha is frequently called to share her understanding and love for Special Education students and challenged groups within the area high schools. As an advid volleyball player, Tausha shares her talents through coaching at Loveland High School and in the Colorado State University Club Volleyball program. We will be hosting fundraising events on the Front Range of Colorado and in Gunnison, CO - stay tuned for dates and times. Thank you for your support. Let's help Tausha beat this and become healthy again!
Removing evidence of Marsh's admitted fraud from the public view would probably aid the healing process, too.
Continue for more information, photos and videos about cancer fakers, including the arrest of Sandy Nguyen.