A Belleville woman has been charged with theft for allegedly scamming people by lying about having terminal cancer. Thirty-one-year-old Alissa Jackson is accused of setting up fundraisers claiming the money would be used for her treatments for stage-four ovarian cancer, a disease she never had.
She was formally charged yesterday with two counts of felony theft. Police haven't said exactly how much they believe Jackson attracted in donations to "Alissa's Army," but some reports indicate friends and volunteers…even strangers…donated thousands of dollars to the cause. Community fundraisers have been held over the past few months, including dances, raffles and auctions, along with a presence on social media. Authorities were reportedly tipped off to suspicious activity more than a month ago and Belleville Police began their investigation. Jackson is being held on a bond of $100,000.