S. Illinois woman charged in alleged cancer scam

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.

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