Mom Raised Thousands by Faking Daughter's Cancer for Years: Cops
An Oklahoma mother faces multiple felony charges after police say she bilked her community out of thousands of dollars by faking her own daughter's cancer.
For years, police say Jessica Good told churchgoers and citizens in the town of Enid that her daughter had been battling a slew of health problems from an early age, including potentially fatal lymphoma.
But recently, an area pastor whose church had reportedly donated thousands of dollars to offset the child's medical bills noticed the little girl — now 4 — looked suspiciously healthy and appeared to defy the odds each time a health issue emerged.
Alan Seibel, associate pastor of Oakwood Christian Church, expressed those suspicions as he contacted police last month.
The Enid community that had allegedly helped Jessica Good raise some $20,000 for her daughter with a golf tournament, GoFundMe pages and other fundraisers, shared Seibel's doubts.
According to a police affidavit, the Enid Police Department investigation found no evidence that the little girl had undergone any treatment for lymphoma as Jessica Good had claimed.
"There was just nothing that says this girl had cancer," Capt. Jack Morris with the Enid Police Department told InsideEdition.com.
Over the years, police say Jessica also claimed her daughter had a tumor removed from her brain as a baby, suffered seizures and from cerebral palsy, and was on a heart transplant waiting list.
According to court documents, Good eventually admitted to them that she'd made up her daughter's ailments, Enid News reports.
"We expect to uncover additional GoFundMe accounts and additional victims," said Morris, who believes his department has discovered upwards of $15,000 in allegedly scammed donations thus far.
Neither her husband nor her three other kids claimed to have known about Good's alleged deception.
At present, Garfield County District Attorney Michael Fields is pursuing four counts against Good: Child abuse in connection with the allegedly unnecessary medical evaluations and three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for charitable or benevolent purposes, which are felonies.
Morris said he believes more charges will be tacked on as the investigation continues.
For now, Morris said the town of Enid, situated in the rural expanses of north central Oklahoma, remains shocked from the allegations.
"We're a rural community with rural values. People say it's an unbelievable to use your child in this way for monetary gain," he told InsideEdition.com, adding, "we just don't want people to be afraid to donate."
Good was in court Friday, where a judge set her bond at $2,500, which she has since posted.
She is due back in court September 26.