19-year-old Angie Gomez has just been arrested after allegedly faking cancer and receiving over $17,000 from fellow students and supporters.
Gomez created the “Achieve the Dream Foundation” to collect donations for her reported leukemia treatment. The teen was also treated to her very own prom after students felt bad that she will miss the actual prom due to her alleged treatments.
After some people noticed that Gomez didn’t appear sick, police were called in and an investigation revealed that the girl had never been a patient at the hospital nor has she been receiving any treatments.
The prom queen now faces a felony charge of starting a fake charity with claims that she had leukemia.
Her attorney Sheldon Myers defends her actions, saying that Gomez had good intentions for the money collected. “She has a real soft spot for people that suffer from those types of diseases, and that’s why she was trying to get money for them,” Myers tried to explain.
“She’s not really happy, jail is not a pleasant place especially for a young lady like her who has never been in a place like that,” the attorney also added.
While some people believe prison may be a bit harsh, stunts like this have residual aftereffects as they undermine the charity and trust behind the actions of her fellow students.