Possible scam artist in Leslie County uses made-up cancer story

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HYDEN, Ky (WYMT) - Odds are you or someone you know has been impacted by cancer. Police in Leslie County tell WYMT it is that shared experience that is fueling one scam artist in their community.

Mollie Sizemore got an unexpected surprise as she drove home from church on Sunday.

"I saw the sign that said seven-year-old with cancer. All donations appreciated," said Sizemore.

So as she passed the corner where a woman was collecting cash, she stopped and asked her a few questions.

"When I rolled my window down, I asked her who the child was. She said I do not know its name. Then I asked, well, who are the parents? I do not know their names," said Sizemore.

She said that is when she got suspicious.

"The red flag went up when she did not know the name of the child or the parents," said Sizemore.

Mollie Sizemore is a Relay for Life coordinator in Leslie County. For years, she has helped fundraise for families.

"It is just unbelievable that someone could do that," said Sizemore.

Karri Melton shares her frustration. Her son, Jordon, died from cancer back in 2013.

"Cancer is not cheap. It is expensive," said Melton.

However, she said that is the last thing on a parent's mind when their child is ill.

"We just wanted to help Jordon and we did not ask for money. People donated money and raised money for us, but we did not ask for it," said Melton.

Sizemore contacted the Sheriff's Department to hopefully get would-be scammers off the streets.

"We would hope this would not deter people from opening up their hearts and giving money to Relay for Life because it is such a worthy cause," said Sizemore.

If you have any information that could help deputies in this case, you are asked to call the Leslie County Sheriff's Office at 606-672-2200.

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