Man Who Faked Cancer Pleads Guilty to Theft by Swindle

Man Who Faked Cancer Pleads Guilty to Theft by Swindle Photo: KSTP/File

October 17, 2018 03:12 PM

A man accused of falsely claiming to have cancer to raise money for himself pleaded guilty to theft by swindle Wednesday.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jon Jeremiah Smith is scheduled to be sentenced in January, according to court records.


A criminal complaint states Smith claimed to have terminal cancer in May 2016 and said he had only 18 to 24 months to live. A month later, he shortened his life expectancy to only six months.

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A GoFundMe fundraiser was created to help Smith, which raised more than $6,800. In February 2016, there were two different fundraising events held for Smith, which raised more than $9,000.

According to the complaint, $4,000 of the money raised was spent on outstanding bills. The rest of the money was spent on "Clash of Clans" video game, drinking, dart tournaments and marijuana.

Smith's wife was unable to find any medical records corroborating his cancer story. Smith said he would provide those records to investigators, but he never did, according to the complaint. They eventually obtained Smith's records and found no evidence of a cancer diagnosis.

According to the complaint, Smith's wife believes they received $17,000 from benefits and more than $6,000 online.


Anthony Brousseau & Ben Rodgers

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