Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

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Fake Cancer lady pleads guilty to fraud

August 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A Shelby County woman accused of faking a terminal Cancer diagnosis pleaded guilty to Federal wire and bank fraud charges on Tuesday.

Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, a former teacher, admitted in US District Court in the Northern District of Alabama to faking terminal cancer in order to bilk her friends and family out of thousands. Should her plea deal be accepted by the court, 13 of 15 charges against Cataldo would be tossed.
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