TROY, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois say a Troy woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer.
Authorities say 25-year-old Melissa D. Barton was arrested Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield where she planned to board a plane to fly to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phll" show.
Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons says Barton was charged with theft by deception — similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5.
Parsons says she faced additional charges after a second alleged victim came forward.
Police say Barton appealed to residents for cash via social media, at a local church and in person, claiming she and her son had cancer.
Parsons says police are investigating additional leads.