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Arizona woman pleads not guilty in cancer scam

GILBERT, Ariz. — A Gilbert woman accused of fraudulently claiming she had
cancer and getting thousands of dollars in donations has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Arra said Kelly
Ann Wasko, 41, entered her plea Monday and is due back in court Jan. 24 for a
pretrial conference.

Gilbert police said Wasko is being held on a $25,000 bond on five
counts of fraudulent schemes and six counts of theft.

Police said Wasko claimed she desperately needed a bone-marrow transplant which
her insurance wouldn’t cover.

According to authorities a Facebook page was created by a family friend to collect funds
to assist Wasko with the supposed medical procedure.

More than $12,000 reportedly was donated including $1,000 from Wasko’s adult
daughter and $350 from a person with cancer.


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