Mom charged with theft in connection to fundraiser

Associated Press • Oct 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

MEDINA, Tenn. — A West Tennessee mother is facing a theft charge in connection to fundraisers for her son.

The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/19Ygj3k) cited a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in reporting that 35-year-old Jamie Decker is accused of soliciting donations fraudulently based upon a claim that her 11-year-old son suffered from cancer. She is charged with theft over $10,000.

The TBI statement says doctors who treated the boy have determined he does not have cancer.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Decker has an attorney.

The newspaper reports at least $2,405 was donated on a popular web-based fundraising site, and in addition to community fundraising events, the boy also received a trip to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South.

The online page said the child was diagnosed at age 3 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and had surpassed the doctor's expectations of survival, but goes on to say he recently suffered a setback and was very sick.

"This is why we need your help! Please help us, help him & his family. Please be in prayer as to how you can help. We will be setting up an account for any monetary donations if that is the direction you feel led."

The site says 59 people contributed for his care in 45 weeks.


Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

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