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Woman who faked cancer arrested before fundraiser for her ‘medical bills,’ NC cops say

Heather Leigh Hume was arrested after lying about having kidney cancer, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office said.
Heather Leigh Hume was arrested after lying about having kidney cancer, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office said. Randolph County Sheriff's Office

A North Carolina woman who lied about having cancer as part of a scheme to make money was arrested Tuesday, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said.

An investigation into Hannah Leigh Hume’s claim that she had “kidney cancer” began April 15, the Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The Sheriff’s Office said members of “a local recreational club” began to have serious doubts about the 21-year-old High Point resident, whom they had been planning to help.

The club was approached about putting together a benefit for Hume in order to help with her “medical bills,” according to the post.

For nearly two years, Alissa Jackson of Belleville told people she was going to die from ovarian cancer, leaving her five children motherless.

Plans for a fundraiser were started, and that included a “charity ride,” all to benefit Hume, the Sheriff’s Office said.

But when some members of the club spoke “with Hume about her medical bills,” they left the conversation with suspicions about the cancer diagnosis, according to the post.

They brought those suspicions to authorities, and during an interview with investigators Hume admitted she “did not have kidney cancer,” the Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

Hume was arrested and charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense, according to the post. She was released from the Randolph County Detention Center after her bond was set at $5,000, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Hume’s next court appearance is set for May 13, according to the post.

Melissa Barton, who faked having cancer in order to receive donations, is sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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