'My thankfulness, my gratitude,' new video surfaces of fake cancer scheme suspect


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 9 at 3:39 AM

TROY, Ill (KMOV.com) - New videos have surfaced that appear to contradict the story provided to News 4 by a Troy woman accused of lying about having cancer.

Melissa D. Barton, 25, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly lied about having cancer in order to receive donations.

According to a press release, Barton was arrested for felony theft by deception after an investigation revealed Barton was receiving monetary donations after claiming she had cancer and her son had leukemia.

"I would never do that. The fundraisers that were made in my name were made by people that did not ask my permission," said Barton. " I had a scare last year in October ... and I kinda jumped to conclusions quickly."

Court documents show she is charged with theft over $500 because she was not honest when she asked a church for money.

Barton said she was having financial problems and asked the church for money on those grounds, not for cancer. She admits that she had a Facebook page that talked about her near cancer scare, but she said she has been locked out of that page.

However, several viewers alerted News 4 to numerous videos that appear to contradict her story. 

"This has got to be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, asking for help. I just want to show all of you my thankfulness, my gratitude," Barton said in one of the videos. "As of right now, I do have all of my hair, in a couple days, I probably won't. It has started to fall out."

"I went for my treatment this morning. I took it like a champ," she said in a another video.

News 4 went to Barton's home Friday to ask her about the videos, but her husband said she was not home. Barton did not return calls placed by News 4.

Police said Barton also used the names Melissa Dawn Pruett Barton and Missy Barton Pruett. The Troy Police Department is asking anyone who believes they were deceived by Barton to call Detective Coyne at 618-667-6731.