COLUMBIA -- Angela Chapman asked for money to help with expenses after she said her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and if anyone was skeptical, she had the pictures to prove it, authorities said.
She had several shots of the teen, dressed in pajamas, at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis. Chapman told friends and investigators in Newberry County that her daughter underwent a number of tests earlier this month at the world-renowned pediatric cancer research center, deputies said.
But the sheriff said none of it was true.
His deputies reviewed the pictures and noticed they were all taken in common areas such as the lobby or in front of the building. The hospital had no record of the girl as a patient, according to the sheriff's office.
Chapman was charged Wednesday with obtaining goods under false pretense, Sheriff Lee Foster said.
"So many people have been damaged by this. I sincerely hope that this will not keep us from seeing others who truly have a need and offering assistance," Foster said.
Deputies think Chapman raised at least $1,200 through the alleged ruse, and are asking anyone in the community who donated to the Chapmans to call investigators, sheriff's Maj. Todd Johnson said.
Chapman was released on her own recognizance after her arrest.
She didn't respond to an email or a message left at a phone listing for her.
The sheriff wouldn't say if the girl was part of the alleged scheme, but said a juvenile had been charged in the case.
"A lot of good people gave many prayers and support to this family, and now understandably feel betrayed," Foster said.
Deputies couldn't detail if there was anything wrong with the teen, citing federal health privacy laws.