Jessica Smith Bio, Wiki
Jessica Smith is a 32 years old woman from Pennsylvania. She raises over $10,000 through fundraising platform GoFundMe. Smith’s alleged lies didn’t stop with the cancer scheme. She was born in 1987 in Pennsylvania.
We’re spilling some tea on the latest #GoFundMe scammer – Jessica Smith, a mom of two from Pennsylvania who raised more than 10k in donations to cover medical bills for a rare form of cancer…the gag is she was lying! What would you do if you donated? pic.twitter.com/BiziJtnHaW
— The Tea Room Podcast (@thetearoompod) November 5, 2019
Faked Rare Colon Cancer
Jessica Cornell Smith of Uwchlan Township in Chester County was arrested this week and charged with theft by deception-false impression and receiving stolen property.
She told sympathetic donors on Facebook and the fundraising platform GoFundMe that she was struggling to deal with the costs of treatment for rare cancer. But authorities say it was all an elaborate lie.
She managed to raise over $10,000 through her fundraisers meant to offset costs for a rare form of colon cancer, Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC). However, friends of Smith said they started to notice irregularities with her fundraisers reasonably quickly.
She was very vague about her diagnosis and treatment and suggestive photos, like a selfie on the bathroom floor, about to give up on life, but also please donate to my GoFundMe.
Uwchlan Township Police Department launched an investigation in June when a friend of Smith’s filed a report alleging that she did not believe Smith had cancer.
Smith’s husband came forward a month later to report the same to the police, stating that his wife is covered on his medical insurance through his employer, the complaint said. He provided documentation proving that Smith’s medical bills had not even met the $1,250 deductible, according to the complaint.
Terri Coleman, who helped interview Smith twice for The Ever-Evolving Truth podcast, said she was suspicious of Smith very early on.
Coleman invited Smith to the podcast after seeing comments accusing Smith of faking her cancer diagnosis on Facebook.
We found her to be very vague when discussing her cancer treatment and diagnosis, Coleman told CNN of the July interview with Smith. She had no documentation to prove her claims, and she told us so many things that turned out to be lies.
A Pennsylvania woman was arrested for allegedly faking cancer and charged with collecting donations through a GoFundMe page. This woman #JessicaSmith is lower than low. Toss her under a jail. https://t.co/VmYkkdd8Tr
— Tamela Ehlinger 🌐 (@TheTamela) November 5, 2019
Arrest and Charge
In this case, the campaign was reported to our team, and we are working with local law enforcement to assist in the investigation, said GoFundMe spokeswoman Meghan Scripture. All donations will be refunded to the donors in full, and the user has been banned from the platform.
Smith’s formal charges are theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Her lawyer, Michael DiCindio, told CNN he had no comment at this time.
The complaint states that while Smith was a patient at Penn Medicine, she never received chemotherapy there.
Penn Medicine told CNN that they don’t comment on patient matters. A court docket shows Smith was arraigned Monday and will return to court next week for a preliminary hearing.