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UPDATE: Woman Who Faked Cancer Ordered to Repay Fundraiser Money
SPRINGFIELD -- Michelle Mundy has been ordered to pay back $5,750 she took when she claimed to have cancer from November 2012 to March 2013.
She pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree felony theft.
Mundy, 37, also will be on two years of community control and must pay court costs.
Reporter Annette Peagler reports that Mundy was teary-eyed today in court and told the judge she was in need of attention and affection during a time when she was struggling with her marriage.
Investigators say they believed from the start that this theft was more about the attention than the need for money.
Woman Who Faked Cancer for Fundraiser Cash to be Sentenced Today
SPRINGFIELD -- The woman accused of faking she had cancer and pocketing thousands of dollars in fundraiser money is scheduled to be sentenced today.
Michelle Mundy, 37, of Hustead Road in Springfield was accused of stealing $700 in February and April from Masonic Home fundraisers and stealing $5,050 from fundraisers held in November 2012 and March 2013 at Bogey's Bar & Grill.
According to police records, Mundy was employed by the Masonic Home at the time of the thefts. When co-workers went to Greene Memorial Hospital on April 25 to support Mundy during her purported cancer treatment they discovered she wasn't being treated there for cancer.
Greg Hensley, director of the Masonic Home, confronted Mundy the next day, and police say she admitted to him that she had lied about having cancer.
Mundy was interviewed by Springfield police May 13, where she reportedly confessed to lying about having cancer and receiving money from the resulting fundraisers.
She told police she used the money for personal use. She said she was overwhelmed at work, trying to deal with financial stress, and was struggling with her marriage. She says she is now separated from her husband. She said she was looking for attention and had no idea people would hold fundraisers for her. She said she actually had cancer several years ago and there were no fundraisers held then.
Mundy and her lawyer said Mundy's husband, Joe Mundy, did not know that her cancer claims were false. He even provided a report from the polygraph test to police, which determined he was truthful in his answers. Joe Mundy is an officer for the South Vienna Police Department.
Michelle Mundy has since been fired from the Masonic Home.
The home released this statement:
"On Friday, April 26th, the Ohio Masonic Home was made aware of an employee at our Springfield Campus allegedly raising money by falsely claiming she was currently being treated for cancer. The Ohio Masonic Home has notified the Springfield Police Department. This is an on-going investigation, the Ohio Masonic Home will not be releasing any additional information regarding the employee or specific events of this case."
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