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Metro East woman pleads guilty after being accused of faking cancer

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Melissa D. Barton was arrested for felony theft by deception (Credit: Troy Police) Melissa D. Barton was arrested for felony theft by deception (Credit: Troy Police)

TROY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A Metro East woman pleaded guilty after being accused of trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming her and her son had cancer.

Melissa D. Barton pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception over $500, both felonies, after police said she solicited money from numerous donors.

“It’s a shame that someone would claim to have cancer just to receive money,” stated Troy, Illinois Police Chief Brad Parsons. “Troy is a community that will come together to help each other when it’s needed. It is acts like this that make people more hesitant to assist those that really need the help.”

After being arrested in 2014, Barton said she did not create any of the fundraisers, which were posted on the sites “youcaring.com” and “wepay.com.”

“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.”

Barton also said she asked the church for money because she was having financial problems, not because she had cancer.

Numerous viewers told News 4 there were several videos that appeared to contradict Barton’s 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 another video.

Barton did not respond to News 4’s request for a comment after the videos surfaced.

Barton will be sentenced by Circuit Judge Kyle Napp, who accepted her plea, after she completes a pre-sentencing investigation. She faces a penalty ranging from probation to 7 years in prison.

Barton reportedly has used the alias names of Melissa Dawn Pruett Barton and Missy Barton Pruett.

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