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Man Lies About Having Cancer, Raises Money for Himself

According to court documents, Steven Mohn raised over $4,000 in a single benefit event, but police are now saying this wasn't his only attempt to make some cash.
MARTINSBURG, WV - A West Virginia man lied to the community about having cancer, all to raise money for himself.

According to court documents, Steven Mohn raised over $4,000 in a single benefit event, but police are now saying this wasn't his only attempt to make some cash.

He claimed he had 18 months left to live as he suffered from State III cancer, so a bar in Martinsburg raised more than $4,000 for him. But days after the benefit, police uncovered a secret.

"Steven Mohn in fact did not have cancer," says Corp. Joe Walker with the West Virginia State Police.

Officers say Mohn lied to the restaurant owner, the community and even his wife and kids.

"You have something coming to you buddy. I wouldn't want to be in your shoes right now," says Wendy Keller, the owner of the restaurant.

Police say the restaurant benefit wasn't the only way Mohn made cash.

"I spoke to one of the neighbors," says Walker. "They also were under the assumption that Mr. Mohn did have cancer and they told me he sent his children around the area soliciting contribution."

Employees at the restaurant say they enjoy having these benefits because they like to help community members that are in need. Now that they feel taken advantage of, their screening process will be more strict.

"If somebody wants me to do a benefit, I guess I'm going to have to ask them to show me proof of their illness," says Keller.

"We're going to attempt to identify the people that contributed to the fundraising event and at that point we'll return the money to those individuals and the money that's left over will have to be forwarded to the state," says Walker.

Mohn is being charged with obtaining money by false pretenses. He was arraigned on Tuesday and the date for his next court appearance hasn't been set. If he's found guilty, he could face anywhere from one to ten years in prison.





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