In a shocking turn of events, an Ohio mother, Pamela Reed, was arrested on Monday, January 8, for orchestrating a deceptive scheme that involved pretending her 7-year-old daughter was suffering from various severe medical conditions, ultimately pocketing thousands of dollars in fraudulent fundraising efforts.
For years, Reed allegedly spun a web of lies, presenting her young daughter as a blind and sickly child battling acute myeloid leukaemia, regular seizures, and other medical anomalies.
To further sell the fabricated narrative, Reed even went as far as shaving her daughter’s head.
The Noble County Sheriff’s Office revealed that community members generously contributed to fundraising efforts, making monetary contributions to help the family cover supposed medical costs.
The entire fraudulent scheme began to unravel when an elementary school nurse discovered inconsistencies in Reed’s claims.
The nurse, realizing that the little girl was not blind in her right eye as Reed had asserted, contacted AR’s medical provider.
Shockingly, it was confirmed that AR did not have cancer or leukaemia, and the avalanche of documents Reed provided to the school were all fake.
Reed later confessed to falsifying medical papers, repackaging prescriptions to appear as cancer treatment medications, and administering unnecessary seizure medication to her daughter.
When confronted by law enforcement, Reed initially attempted to lie but eventually admitted to continuing the ruse because she enjoyed the support it garnered.
Since October 2017, Reed had been consistently posting updates on a dedicated page, fabricating her daughter’s health struggles and sharing links to online fundraisers.
Some organizations reported providing the Reed family with substantial amounts of money, with one contributing around $8,000 for alleged cancer treatments.
Even Reed’s other daughter was deceived by the elaborate scheme, believing her sister was genuinely ill. Reed’s husband’s involvement remains unclear, but he was not present during her arrest, and their two children were removed from the home.
Pamela Reed now faces charges of theft by deception, a fourth-degree felony, with her bond set at $50,000.
The community is left stunned and betrayed by the revelation of this heartless and elaborate scam.