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Woman accused of faking cancer to get money

TOLEDO, Ohio – Police in northwest Ohio say a woman duped residents of a small town into believing she had cancer and got several thousand dollars from community fundraisers.

Authorities in North Baltimore in northwest Ohio said children made bracelets to raise money and some people dyed their hair pink to support the woman who claimed to have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Kimberlie Gustwiller of McComb was released from jail Monday after posting bond on a felony theft charge. Her phone has been disconnected, and it’s not clear whether she has an attorney.

North Baltimore’s police chief said Gustwiller began telling people in early September that she had cancer. But he says some people noticed she was giving them evasive answers.

He said her medical records showed no evidence of cancer.

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