Indiana woman arrested after police say she faked cancer, solicited donations
Santana M. Banta
SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Santana M. Banta, 29 of Patriot, Ind., was arrested Friday on charges related to faking cancer and soliciting donations to cover medical bills.
Indiana State Police say the investigation began in early September after a concerned citizen contacted them. The citizen complained that Banta had made claims on social media that she was suffering from terminal cancer, and was being treated at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.
Officials say Banta set up a GoFundMe page to allegedly pay for medical bills, but the investigation found she accepted over $3,000. Detectives determined she did not have cancer and was scamming people out of money used for personal reasons.
The case was turned over to the Switzerland County Prosecutor's Office for review following the investigation, which led to a warrant being issued for her arrest.
Banta was arrested without incident on charges of theft, a level 6 felony, and deception, a class A misdemeanor.