Woman Charged With Allegedly Faking Cancer

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

For more than a year, her friends believed Jean Anne Allen was dying of liver cancer.

At Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Jackson, where she worked, her co-workers stepped up. They organized blood drives, and a fundraiser at the high school in Napoleon to help pay for expensive medical treatments.

One friend was tested and prepared to donate part of her liver.

"Her co-workers had really gone above and beyond even normal friendships, certainly co-worker relationships," Detective Sgt. Lisa Gee-Cram, with Michigan State Police Jackson post, says.

The police have accounted for just under $20,000 in donations Allen received. Gee-Cram says they came from businesses, friends, strangers, and school children. "I'm very confidant it's more than that," she adds.

The problem, she says, their investigation revealed Jean Anne Allen's medical records don't mention cancer.

Allen was arraigned Thursday on a charge of obtaining the money under false pretenses. She faces 5 years in prison and fines three times the size of what she allegedly took.

Gee-Cram doesn't have a theory on why Allen would have faked her own cancer. If the allegation prove true, she says, her motive may not matter.

"I don't think there are any money roubles that would justify using the sympathy of a terminal illness, especially cancer that touches so many people," Gee-Cram says.

Allen is out on bond. Several attempts to contact her attorney were unsuccessful Thursday.


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  • by Sherri Location: CA on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    For more information about liver cancer, a disease that over 1 million people face every year worldwide, see bluefaery.org. It's such a shame that liver cancer is getting press because someone pretended to have this devastating illness. I'm disgusted. My best friend passed away from liver cancer.
  • by Vickie Location: Jackson on Apr 27, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    I have known this person for many years. I was one of many victims of her scam. I donated a small amount of money to this "good cause" because my sister did not beat cancer when I was a child. My heart goes out families that encounter this type of hardship. I know personally what a family goes thru. I agree with MaggieD "what goes around comes around".
  • by MaggieD Location: East Lansing on Apr 27, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    We have nothing to worry about - whether you believe in Karma (what goes around comes around) or in God (he does have a sense of humor!) - this woman will surely be punished in some way for taking advantage of the kindness of others. My only worry when I read articles such as this, is that people will stop giving – because that would be a shame. I think it much better to give freely and be wrong than to stop giving and live with a cold heart.
  • by MelOwens Location: Hobart, IN on Apr 27, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    None of us know the whole story. I will not judge her, I will pray for her. Jean and Family, may God have his hand on you through this.
  • by Sharon H. Location: Ionia on Apr 27, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    This is the name of the game these days, "Scam"=see who they can get over on. I would like to see some of these people show their financial records thatask for money when their loved ones die. Not to be rude, but do we really know if these people need the money or are they using an tragic opportunity? Better yet, do the donations go to the funeral home or the individual whosoever? There are scams everywhere nowadays.
  • by Kaitlin Location: Grand Ledge on Apr 27, 2007 at 05:07 AM
    She is crazy, why would you fake being sick and have your friends and family and little kids donate torwards your treatment for cancer. And even one of her good friends was going to donate part of your liver, thats messed up dude.
  • by Brittany Location: Holt on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:12 PM
    wow she needs to be put away for more then 5 years wha the hell?.. she stole all that money from all her friends family LITTLE KIDS and even people she did not know.. thats just WRONG...
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