EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas teenager has been accused of faking cancer and collecting about $17,000 in donations.
Police say 18-year-old Angie Gomez of Horizon City has been charged with theft by deception.
Detective Liliana Medina says there is nothing to indicate that Gomez had cancer. Police received a complaint in June that Gomez, who claimed she was dying from leukemia, did not appear to be sick.
Police on Tuesday announced the charge against Gomez, who had not been arrested. El Paso County Jail records Wednesday did not indicate that Gomez was in custody. Online listings did not have a telephone number for Gomez.
Gomez in May announced she'd started a foundation, called Achieve The Dream, to benefit cancer-stricken children. A website for the foundation was not in service Wednesday.