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Story by Jennifer Kennedy - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday December 4, 2010 - 11:38 AM
 
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AURORA - 38 year old Julie Jane Martin, who prettended to have terminal cancer has been charged with felony theft after police at the Cops Fighting Cancer out of nearly $10,000 of charity money for hotel rooms in Denver while she claimed to be getting cancer treatment at nearby hospitals.Martin was charged with a single count of felony theft and was released on bond in early October, and is now set to appear in court Feb. 7, 2011.

Police say Martin faked hospital visits and shaved her head to help make her efforts believable. But her cancer claims were a total hoax. Because of her "condition", the charity paid for Martin's lodging at an area hotel through October 2009.

She faked leukemia, tumors, cervical cancer, chest tumors and a kidney problem. The charity also paid for airline tickets between Denver and Portland where Martin said she was receiving treatment. She said she had a friend in Oregon to handle her medical affairs, including scheduling her appointments in hospitals.

Officials at the charity audited their spending and found Martin had used the charity's credit card to buy plane tickets without permission and Police contacted a man in Oregon who had befriended Martin and allowed her to stay with him when she was there.

Court documents indicate Martin had originally lived in Sheridan. She has been allowed to travel from Colorado to Oregon while she is free on bond.