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Woman bilked friends in cancer scam, prosecutors say
The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 12, 2011 | Nick Madigan

Posted on 01/13/2011 7:35:36 AM PST by moonshinner_09

A 41-year-old Pikesville woman was ordered Wednesday to stand trial March 10 on charges that she obtained $10,000 from Mike Flynn, the former Ravens player, by fraudulently claiming that she was dying of cancer. It is the second such case to be tried in Baltimore County in a year.

Lisa Hoppenstein Cohen, a mother of two and the wife of a chiropractor, told friends and acquaintances — including Flynn and his wife, Mary — that she had terminal cancer and needed money to pay for medical treatment, according to prosecutors. People who gave her money recalled her claiming that one of her arms was going to be amputated.

"This woman is a real piece of work," Flynn, an offensive lineman who left the Ravens in 2008, said by telephone from his home in Boston. He said Cohen had "lied about cancer to get money" and that he wanted to "warn people in the future about this woman."

When asked outside a Towson courtroom on Wednesday whether she had cancer, Cohen said, "Nothing's been proven." Cohen, who appeared to be healthy, added that she had worked for Flynn and that he "owed me the money."

Prosecutors said they would proceed with Cohen's prosecution in the Flynn case, despite a judge's ruling earlier Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the defendant intended to steal from another couple, Jeffrey and Wendi Davis. The couple, who met Cohen in May 2009, said they had given her a short-term $10,000 loan after she claimed in a tearful phone call that she was about to be evicted from her apartment.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: cancer; dying; fraud
Having lost my GF to breast cancer,seeing how she suffered for 4 months until she passed. Hopeful Karma will come back let her have cancer to see it is not to be used for lying to people for the sake of collecting money. This hurts the people with cancer who need help. You question when you see folks like this, is it real cancer or is it a scam.
1 posted on 01/13/2011 7:35:37 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

My mom has terminal lung cancer.

A person with terminal cancer can get hospice care REGUARDLESS of income level. There is help out there. Red flags should have went up

Bills are bills. Life is life. and someone with terminal cancer needs to focus on the LIVING life they have left.


2 posted on 01/13/2011 7:46:36 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin or 3rd party... no exceptions !)
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To: moonshinner_09

I lost my wife the same way and also hope that, in some fashion, what goes around comes around for this individual.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 8:18:34 AM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Did you guys see in this same story another person pulled the same scam ?In October, a 38-year-old Rosedale woman, Dina Perouty Leone, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a count of felony theft in a case similar to Cohen’s. A prosecutor said Leone had falsely claimed to be dying of cancer and “ripped off person after person” to pay for nonexistent treatments. Two of her victims had each lost a parent to cancer before they went to Leone’s aid.

These people know no shame nor do they have any morals. That’s ok, God will get them.


4 posted on 01/13/2011 8:26:06 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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