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Police accuse man of scamming people in central Kentucky hospitals


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - John Marcum says while he was anxiously waiting for his girlfriend to give birth to their son at UK Hospital, Gary Goodman targeted her grandmother in the waiting room.

"She was waiting outside just to get out of the room for a little while and he approached her and asked for $50," said Marcum.

Campus police tell us he played on her emotions, making up a story about needing money to get home because his mother died.

UK police say Goodman went from a hospital in Mt. Sterling to a hospital in Rockcastle County and to UK's Chandler and Good Samaritan hospitals, preying on people while they were most vulnerable.

Marcum tells us his girlfriend's grandmother saw the sad story for what it really was.

"She read right through it. She told us something just didn't feel right inside of her," she said.

According to police, Goodman had been scamming people at UK Hospital for a month and a half. While police aren't saying how much money the scam brought in, they say it is a considerable amount.

Goodman was given a criminal trespass warning last year and was told to stay off UK's campus unless he needed medical treatment, according to an arrest citation,

When police learned he was back Wednesday, they say they passed his photo around and within two hours he was arrested.

"It's good he's been caught," Marcum said.

Goodman is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing August 1.


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