Woman Arrested for Selling Fake Cancer Benefit Raffle Tickets

4:49 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
Donna M. Winn (Lexington County Detention Center)
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Chapin, SC (WLTX) -- Chapin Police arrested Donna M. Winn for allegedly selling raffle tickets for a Cancer Fundraiser last week. 

Chapin Chief of Police Troy Crump says Winn was going to different businesses around Chapin, selling raffle tickets for a Cancer Fundraiser, and claiming to work for USC.

One of the business owners she approached called USC to confirm that she worked with the university and Winn left the store and the owner called police.

Chapin Police later found Winn and began questioning her, she changed her story multiple times, recanting her claim to work for the University, and said she was selling the tickets privately.

Later on in questioning Winn provided the name of an individual she claimed she was selling the tickets for, who allegedly was the cancer patient, and then changed her story again saying she was not selling the tickets for anyone with cancer, but going through a divorce and using the money for that.

Officers found blank copies of raffle tickets in Winn's vehicle, along with various dollar amounts printed on them. 

According to Chief Crump this crime hits home, "I have not seen where anyone has used such a serious matter as cancer to obtain money for a different cause."

Crump said, "I have many friends that have gone through cancer and one of our employees is going through pancreatic cancer right now so, that is just sickening."

Chapin Police arrested Winn on 9 charges of Obtaining Goods Under False Pretenses, transported her to the Lexington County Detention Center, where she was released on bond. 

Chief Crump believes there are many more victims out there, so if you bought tickets in this scam call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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