Jessica Good, from Enid, Oklahoma, was arraigned on Friday on charges of lying about her daughter dying of cancer and obtaining money under false pretenses for charitable purposes, KOCO Oklahoma is reporting. The 32-year-old had been telling people that her daughter was on the verge of death and required expensive stem cell research and a heart transplant to stay alive. Jessica Good made over $20,000 from the scam about her sick child.
Officials had received a complaint in mid-July from Alan Seibel, an associate pastor of Oakwood Christian Church, for alleged fraud. The pastor had suspicions that Jessica was using her 4-year-old child to fleece money off unsuspecting people and that it had been going on for years. The associate pastor noted that during this period, the Oakwood Christian Church had raised over $5,000 for the mother-of-four.
Jessica Good accused of creating fundraisers saying her daughter was dying of cancer-it was all a lie KWTV - NEWS 9 pic.twitter.com/7pksyMbNcj— Adrianna Iwasinski (@AIwasinski) August 12, 2016
According to Siebel, he had seen the child on numerous occasions, and the child, who is identified in court documents as “KG,” had not lost any of her hair. He added that for someone who was said to be suffering from seizures and a nut allergy, the girl was looking hale and hearty and was not showing signs of a person undergoing chemotherapy.
Siebel also pointed out that members of the church had offered more than money, offering assistance with doctor’s appointments or looking after the other children, but Good always came up with the perfect excuse and turned them all down. Alan Siebel said the church had organized fundraising campaigns for KG and even launched a website to accept payments on behalf of the supposedly cancer-stricken girl. He asked the police to look into the situation because it just did not feel right.
As many of you know by now we have found out at Katie's 2 year check that her tumor is back. Please pray! https://t.co/sOEsvi4RLj— Jessica Good (@jqgood) April 27, 2016
Investigations reveal that Jessica Good went on to set up multiple GoFundMe accounts in her daughter’s name. In several posts, she claimed the girl had also been diagnosed with lymphoma. She also lied that KG suffered from a brain tumor and cerebral palsy when she was younger. In her posts, the 32-year-old discussed medical procedures and treatment plans to save her daughter.
Members of Justin Paul Sports Opinion gave $12,000 to Good that was raised from a charity golf tournament. A woman held a fundraising photo session for the ailing child and raised $3,100. Luckily, the money never reached Jessica because the woman found out it was a scam.
Others, however, were not so lucky. A woman who raised $1,125 from a T-shirt campaign gave all the money to the Oklahoma con artist who sent a check for $300 to print the shirts and kept $825. A woman and her husband wrote a check for $500 after running into Good at an Oklahoma State football game. Jessica had told them that she was changing doctors and headed to Chicago with her child for a different round of treatment.
Enid Police Department Detective Robin Bench had visited the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and checked the girl’s health records. The 4-year-old had visited the hospital numerous times, but there was no proof that she was being treated for cancer. The detective also discovered that KG was not involved in stem research and was not on a waiting list for a heart transplant as the mother had made people believe.
Mary Stockett, a doctor with the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Center, said the child suffered various forms of physical and psychological abuse because her mother had taken her for unnecessary tests and made her an active participant in fundraising activities. Stockett is sure the young girl believed that she was critically ill.
Even three of Jessica Good’s children were sure that their youngest sister was suffering from cancer.
“People say all the time she doesn’t have cancer but she does. Church even stopped the fundraiser for her to go to Chicago for her, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so now mom and dad have to work extra hard to get the money.”
Good was picked up by the police, and she confessed that her child never had cancer. She admitted that all the information she had posted was bogus, deceptive, and not true. Jessica said she posted all the misleading information from her cellphone.
After police obtained a search warrant and seized her phone, they found out the phone contained false posts about KG’s cancer and donations transferred to her personal account. Jessica Good faces up three years in prison if convicted.
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