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Harrison County, Indiana woman arrested for accepting donations for fake illness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman who police say lied about an inoperable brain tumor is now behind bars. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Teryn Edith Applegate on charges of theft for receiving charitable donations from community members under false pretenses. 

According to a press release, the 27-year-old mother of three told people she only had six months to live she needed help with her medical and final burial expenses. 

The sheriff's department says an investigation uncovered medical records confirming that Applegate had never been diagnosed with any type of brain tumor. In an interview with police, she said she had allowed her family and three children to believe that she would soon die form this fake condition. 

Detective Nick Smith said news of the woman's scam shocked the community. "It's a shock all of us, it touches our hearts because there's so many people with injuries and illnesses in the community that do need help, it's a perfect example of our community coming together to help."

Applegate told police that she had participated in a fundraising event located at the VFW in Charlestown, Indiana. Applegate told police that she had received donations from numerous members of the Harrison County community, including a local Church.

Authorities are asking for anyone who may have donated to Applegate’s fraudulent events to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 738-2195.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department says more charges are accepted.

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