Investigators: Couple Faked Child's "Cancer" for Money
Alicia M. Kelly (left) and Steven Scott Kelly (right) are accused of lying about their daughter having cancer to swindle donations for her supposed treatment. Investigators say if you have been a victim of the Kellys to call The Greenwood County Sheriff�s Office immediately.
• Fri, Feb 04, 2011
A Greenwood couple is under arrest today after investigators say they lied for more than two years, convincing a community that their young daughter had bone cancer and then solicited donations from people for her treatment.
38-year-old Alicia M. Kelly and 39-year-old Steven Scott Kelly of 102 Pinehurst Drive in Greenwood are charged with swindling.
According to reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff�s Office, investigators began receiving information from individuals that the Kelly�s story about their daughter�s cancer and her treatment was suspicious but say they initially had no reason to believe the Kelly�s were lying. They say after serving outstanding warrants on Alicia Kelly Friday they were able to question her about her daughter�s alleged cancer and that is when they say Kelly came clean, admitting that her daughter never had cancer and had never been treated for cancer.
The Kelly�s reportedly scammed churches and kind-hearted individuals through benefits and fundraisers claiming they did not have enough money to treat their daughter�s disease. The Kelly�s also set up a website to share their daughter�s supposed daily struggle with cancer through an online journal and to solicit donations. The family also participated in benefits such as The American Cancer Society�s Relay for Life.
Investigators say Kelly has given them names of some people who have donated money and goods to help with their daughter�s cancer treatment but they believe many more people have been taken advantage of by the Kelly�s story.
�To use their kids in this manner to obtain money�it�s just despicable what they are doing,� said Major John Murray of the Greenwood County Sheriff�s Office. �There is not much difference than somebody going out and robbing somebody with a gun. What they did was instead of using a gun to rob people they used sympathy to rob people. It�s the same difference. One plays off of fear and one plays off of sympathy.�
Murray says the Kelly�s have lived in Laurens, Saluda, and in the Greenwood area and that victims of the scam could span several counties.
�People have got to understand that they should give, we all should give, but these kinds of people can hurt others who really need the money. People get wary of people like this. These people are no good. They are leeches of society but we are going to take care of it and make sure it stops,� Murray said.
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Answer by Kathy675 at 10:29 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
i don't understand how these people could sleep at night. this is horrible and to say this about there child. who does that?? now they are going to ruin it for the families who really have a sick child. people will now think twice before they give to a family in need. and that is just sad.
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