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Cancer scam woman sent to jail

Mundy will pay back $5,700 raised at Clark County events.

Michelle Mundy will spend 90 days in the Clark County jail for lying about having cancer and taking money raised in her honor.

Mundy, 38, of 3381 Hustead Road, pleaded guilty to felony theft as part of a plea deal. She was sentenced Tuesday and will pay $5,750 in restitution as well as be on probation for two years after her time in jail.

Because it was Mundy’s first criminal offense, prison time was never an option under Ohio law, but Common Pleas Court Judge Douglas Rastatter said that if Mundy violates conditions of her community control, the court would order her to serve a year in prison.

Before sentencing Mundy told the judge, “It was never about money. It was about a woman searching for affection.”

After sentencing, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll agreed with half of Mundy’s statement.

“I just don’t think that when she started pretending she had cancer the idea was that ‘I’m going to use this to steal money from folks,’ ” he said.

Driscoll called the faking of cancer “a tactic to get attention.”

Mundy’s crime was committed when she failed to call off the ruse when friends volunteered to hold fundraisers for her and she accepted the money raised.

According to court documents, Mundy’s claim of having lymphoma began to unravel April 25 when her co-workers went to surprise her at Greene Memorial Hospital, where she said she was receiving treatment. But, according to police, Mundy wasn’t there. The next day, Mundy resigned from her position, and her then-employer, Ohio Masonic Home, contacted Springfield police.

In addition to the two fundraisers held for her at Bogey’s Bar & Grill on Springfield Xenia Road, Masonic Home employees donated money at work-related fundraisers, according to court documents.

Officers tracked down $5,750 donated in 2012 and 2013, and they charged Mundy with theft.

Attorney Jon Doughty told Rastatter his client had a breakdown. He also said that, until then, she lived a responsible life; had cooperated with authorities in the case; and that even before sentencing had suffered consequences of her actions: “She lost her home, her husband, her job and her nursing license.”

Before sentencing Mundy told the judge: “I just want to do what’s right and make things right and start over.”

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