Police: Speedway man staged cancer for cash

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against a man they say pretended he had stage 4 cancer.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jonathan Fox Sr. According to police, Fox held fundraisers and asked people for donations to help pay for his medical bills.

Court documents show that Fox tricked Indiana State Rep. Karlee Macer. She gave Fox $750 after he asked for help in paying for his rent and Christmas for his children.

“I was very concerned about their future and what I could do to help these children through a terrible thing,” said Macer.

Fox is also accused of holding a fundraiser at the Speedway Moose Lodge where he collected $1,084. He also admitted to taking money from a widow who gave him $500. According to court documents, after being confronted by police, Fox returned the money to the widow.

“I think its a troubling case,” said Speedway Sgt. James Thiele

Fox is currently being charged with three counts of theft. Police say Fox admitted he misled people for four years.

According to police, Fox is cooperating with investigators and he planned to turn himself in Tuesday afternoon. During the investigation police collected shirts and candles that Fox used to give those who gave him donations.

“It should send a message that if no one else is watching, God is,” said Macer.

Police have not released the exact amount Fox may have received from his plot or victims. The probable cause currently list four victims.


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