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This just makes me sick. What has the world come to?

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.
Staff Reporter
• 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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Asked by treynlisa at 10:18 PM on Feb. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The sick thing is this is not the first time it's happened.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 10:20 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • You wonder why they felt they needed to do this to get money and attention.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 10:24 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • This is a very small town. She, the daughter, was "sisters" with my niece. That girl was a facebook friend of mine always begging for help.

    Comment by treynlisa (original poster) at 10:26 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • This same thing happened in our town, makes me sick! The poor children suffer because their parents are idiots!!! I say get a job and quit preying on hard working people with lies such as this. When it comes to a child we all want to help, but with people like this it makes you think twice!

    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.


    Answer by Christieluv0614 at 10:33 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Their daughter is 17 she was very involved in this!!! I am in shock and disgusted with them right no.

    Comment by treynlisa (original poster) at 10:36 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • I hate people who do that. It's just as bad as the people who pretend they are soldiers to get money.

    Answer by -AJ at 10:40 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • My son's best friend was diagnosed with lukemia last year. I hate the thought that someone might think twice about helping that little boy out because of assholes like that making them doubt requests for help.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:47 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • I agree, OP, how some people do such as this, is beyond me...

    Answer by agentwanda at 10:51 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Any repurcussions for the 17 year old? WTH has society come to?

    Answer by Kathy675 at 11:00 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

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