(KMOV.com) – Victims of a woman who is accused of faking cancer to pocket thousands of dollars told News 4 they are still unsure how the woman was able to effectively pull off the scam.
Authorities said Alissa Jackson lied when she claimed to have stage four ovarian cancer to pocket thousands of dollars in cash and gifts. Around 15 people who said they were ripped off by Jackson were present at the St. Clair County Courthouse Wednesday when she was arraigned.
Amanda Tabor told News 4 she arranged fundraisers and benefits for Jackson to help pay for Jackson’s medical bills. Tabor also said she and her husband sold tee shirts, shot glasses and jewelry to raise money for the Jackson family. Taber said her family spent around half of their income tax returns to in an effort to help.
“I'm mad, I'm disgusted and I’m hurt. I guess I'm still in shock. I don't understand how someone can do this. At all,” Taber said.
Misty Recker, a former friend of Jackson’s, is a registered nurse. Recker told News 4 there were signs Jackson’s story did not add up.
“You don't want to question someone in that situation and that was my picture even though things didn't quite add up or seem right I didn't feel like it was my position to question somebody,” Recker said.
Many of those were allegedly scammed said they will not get their money and that they will think twice before making donations in the future.