Texas Teen Accused of Faking Cancer Out of Jail

Teen accused of taking $17,000 in charitable donations

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 9:54 AM CDT
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Teen Accused of Faking Cancer Out of Jail

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Girl accused theft by deception for bilking charitable group out of thousands in donations.

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A West Texas teenager accused of faking cancer to steal $17,000 in donations has been released from jail on bond.

Court records show a status hearing has been scheduled May 31 in El Paso for 19-year-old Angie Gomez of Horizon City.

Gomez on Tuesday night left the El Paso County Jail after making bond, which was reduced from $50,000 to $20,000. She was arraigned Wednesday.

Investigators have said that Gomez collected donations from hundreds of people after pretending she was dying of leukemia. Horizon City police later determined there was no evidence that Gomez had been diagnosed with cancer.

An investigation began last June after a complaint that Gomez did not appear to be sick.

She was charged last year September with theft by deception.

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