Good news and bad news about teen cancer victim


Her new dream is time off for good behavior

The good news is she doesn’t have cancer.

The bad news is she faces criminal charges.

The Horizon City Police Department has filed criminal charges against a young woman who raised the sympathy of a community along with thousands of dollars in donations by claiming she was dying from cancer.

Police officials said Tuesday that a three-month investigation found that Angie Gomez, 18, had no record of having leukemia, as she claimed while allegedly collecting about $17,000 in donations.

Gomez is accused of theft by deception over $1,500, a state jail felony. The case has been sent to the district attorney’s office as a non-arrest, meaning she has not been taken into custody.

“There is nothing to indicate she had cancer. There is no medical records, no doctors,” Detective Liliana Medina said. The investigation determined there were no other suspects in the case, Medina said.

Gomez had an infectious smile, a positive outlook and a tragic tale. Gomez was a senior at Horizon High School when her story unfolded earlier this year. She graduated in June.

Gomez told a tale of having leukemia as a child and was now fighting a fatal resurgence of the cancer. She told classmates that doctors in January had given her six months to live. Classmates and teachers at Horizon High School rallied around her and held fundraisers…

The kind of fraud that perpetuates myths about charities commonly being frauds.

We’re all cynical enough. I’d be the last to claim otherwise – though I claim to be an optimist and a cynic. Point is – throw the book at someone who hustles people for their good will and kind hearts.

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