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Victims continue to come forward in fake brain tumor scam

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police say 27-year-old Teryn Applegate faked a brain tumor and scammed people out of money. Several weeks after she was arrested, more and more victims are coming forward.

Applegate remains behind bars at the Harrison County Jail nearly three weeks after being arrested. Her alleged scam was uncovered on June 20th. Authorities called it a shock to the community - not to mention to Applegate’s family.

"She's a mother of three and a person who is in a family.” Detective Nick Smith told WDRB in June, “she's cooperated with us and told us that she had them believe as well that she would be dying from a brain tumor, along with her 3 young children."

Harrison County prosecutor, Otto Schalk filed two felony theft counts against Applegate. “[She was] reporting to have a terminal brain cancer and having fundraisers” Schalk said, “and it turned out that was not the case, according to the probable cause affidavit. It turned out there was no medical issue whatsoever.”

Authorities say on April 10th, Applegate received 100 dollars from the Trinity Assembly of God in Corydon.

On April 24th, she allegedly received money and merchandise from Gun World and Sporting Goods.

A probable cause affidavit states both gave her money to help her family pay for medical expenses and burial costs.

When authorities asked victims to come forward, Schalk said they did. “We had several calls and complaints come in. At this point, we're still evaluating all of those cases,” Schalk said. “There's still a few trickling in.”

Even this week we're told more alleged victims have contacted authorities. Some have been from Floyd and Clark Counties, which could widen this investigation.

Shalk says the complaints are being heard. “They have sent them out to other prosecutors and other county police agencies for them to determine what charges, if any, are going to be filed.” Schalk said.

Applegate is expected back in court in September.

We reached out to her attorney who didn't have a comment at this time.

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