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Cancer faker pleads guilty

Cancer faker pleads guilty


A Lone Rock woman accused of faking cancer in order to get sympathy money pleaded guilty to six felony charges Thursday.

During a hearing in Sauk County Circuit Court, District Attorney Kevin Calkins said his office had reached an agreement with the attorney for 30-year-old Theresa S. Strub.

Strub pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of felony theft by false representation and one count of felony misappropriation of identification to obtain money. She will undergo a pre-sentencing investigation, during which a state corrections employee gathers history about a defendant’s background. The report is then made available to a judge prior to sentencing.

Prosecutors will not ask that Strub serve prison time, Calkins said, although county jail is a possibility. The deal also requires that she pay $25,000 in restitution prior to sentencing.

Authorities said Strub used social media, fundraisers, charitable organizations and sought personal donations to assist her with cancer treatments and personal finances. The scheme allegedly bilked residents and organizations out of more than $50,000. Her Sauk County case has been consolidated with a Richland County case that involved similar charges.

Although Strub claimed she had stage 2 stomach and kidney cancer, authorities say she was never diagnosed, and that she faked her illness.

In court Thursday, Sauk County Circuit Court Judge James Evenson ordered that the pre-sentence investigation be completed by June 12. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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