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Nurse fakes cancer and uses $25,000 in donations to travel around the country

By Mason White 3:52 PM January 27, 2016
Mary Bennett 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A nurse was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly faking her cancer in order to solicit donations from her patients, police in Georgia said.

Forsyth County police said that they have arrested 29-year-old Mary Bennett, a licensed nurse, after being accused of using her experience in the medical field to persuade people to give her money to pay her alleged medical bills.

Bennett was charged with forgery and theft. She was booked into jail, and her bail was set at $2,365. According to the police investigation, Bennett convinced people that she had stage four ovarian cancer.

She asked a lot of people for donations, including her own patients. Bennett shaved her head to make it appear that she is undergoing chemo therapy.

Investigators reached out to doctors at the hospital, and they said that they never treated Bennett.

Bennett used the money to travel around the country, including to Los Angeles, California, to meet ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.

In total, Bennett solicited around $25,000 in donations.