Lucy Wieland from Douglas, Townsville, has been charged with raising money using fraudulent methods on a fundraising page after she claimed that the funds would be spent on treating her 'terminal cancer'.
There have been no incisive scientific investigations into the internet’s cancer fakers, and the evidence is limited to only those who have actually been suspected or caught. But among the internet’s cancer communities, it’s an often acknowledged problem, albeit still a shocking one.
In a recent story that surfaced, A woman hailing from Queensland, Australia has been charged with fraudulently raising money on a fundraising page by claiming it would be spent on treating her terminal cancer. Lucky Wieland, 27, of Douglas, Townsville in Queensland allegedly received over $55,000 from online donors who thought she was actually suffering from stage five ovarian cancer. After the investigation proved that she was making false claims, the Townsville Magistrates Court summoned her on Thursday and she was charged with fraud.
A 27-year-old Douglas woman has been charged over an alleged fake cancer campaign, which netted more than $50,000 for Lucy Wieland who claimed she was dying from stage 5 ovarian cancer. https://t.co/zziGAryiK0 @AmeliaAdam1 #7News pic.twitter.com/QAm3k1f3vQ— 7NEWS Townsville (@7NewsTownsville) October 18, 2018
The Daily Mail reported that Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said the woman was arrested because a member of the public informed detectives about the fraud. She has since been granted bail. The detective told reporters: "It's always very concerning when people use the emotions of others to try and obtain money for themselves. It's disheartening. The real victims here are the (people) in the community who have heard the stories (and) have tried to assist as best they can... and given the money across in the honest belief that they are trying to help."
Cancer 'faker who shaved her head, shared hospital photos and claimed she had less than a year to live' is charged with fraud after 'pocketing $55,000 from kind-hearted strangers'https://t.co/phB9MgQkzl— D. K .(LLB Gold Medellist) (@DEBKANCHAN) October 18, 2018
Factitious disorder is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, and there are several types. The most commonly known one is factitious disorder imposed on self, or Munchausen syndrome, in which an individual purposely misleads others into thinking he or she has a serious physical or mental illness. There’s also factitious disorder imposed on another, or Munchausen by proxy, in which a person ― often a parent or caregiver ― fabricates illness in another.
Cancer 'faker who shaved her head, shared hospital photos and claimed she had less than a year to live' is charged with fraud after 'pocketing $55,000 from kind-hearted strangers' https://t.co/Fyj3P4Wx4c pic.twitter.com/P4NINrWoTz— MSN Singapore (@MSN_Singapore) October 18, 2018
"It’s also important to note that a person who fakes cancer doesn’t necessarily have a factitious disorder. Fabricating or exaggerating any illness to escape responsibility or seek gain ― which may be drugs, financial support or a way out of a bad situation ― is called malingering" says Marc Feldman, a psychiatrist who specializes in factitious disorders and the author of Dying to Be Ill.
Well, that certainly seems to be the case with Wieland here... mind you, she did raise $55,000 which is no small sum of money. Detective Lawson also said that authorities were investigating what happened to the money after it was alleged that the woman did not, in fact, suffer from cancer of any kind. The GoFundMe page that she had set up and raised the money is not active anymore. The site also said that the page has been disabled. Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have donated to the page and are actively urging people to come forward. Wieland is scheduled to reappear in court on December 13 for a committal hearing.
Police investigating a cancer campaign have charged a 27-year-old Townsville woman. Lucy Wieland is accused of netting more than $50,000 by claiming she was dying from stage five ovarian cancer. @AmeliaAdam1 #7News pic.twitter.com/ODR5WNYROC— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) October 23, 2018
Deadly diseases such as Cancer are not to be taken advantage of in such a manner. Doing so is to exploit the good hearts of people all around the world. Nearly everyone knows someone who has fallen victim to Cancer, and that is the reason why people are always sympathetic towards it and will contribute money to help people cure themselves.
Oof. Not only did Lucy Wieland fake having ovarian cancer, she claimed to be treating it with intravenous vitamin C. It's bad enough scamming people by faking terminal illness, but to claim that you can treat it with vitamins is truly the lowest of low. https://t.co/1SrBhPgcie— Julia Kite (@juliakite) October 18, 2018