On Tuesday, Amanda Christine Riley pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
According to a petition agreement, Riley admitted that in September 2012, while she was living in San Jose, she “made a false claim and made a plan to get money from donors and carried it out.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
“Riley admitted that his intention was to deceive people into believing that he had cancer and, in doing so, to persuade them to donate money for it,” the prosecution said.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, the scheme lasted at least until January 3, 2019.
Riley documented her alleged illness on social media and on a blog. The prosecution said he posted pictures of the drugs, of himself in hospitals and of himself affected by the side effects of chemotherapy. The caption attached to the photos included statements that she was taking cancer medication and was being treated for cancer.
“She shaved her head to show that she had lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy,” the prosecution said.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the blog included a link to a support page that contained misinformation about Riley’s alleged “fight against cancer.” In addition, visitors can click on the “Donate Now” button to donate to the rally.
Prosecutors said the rally also acknowledged holding fundraisers, including raising money for personal events, solicitation of donations and cancer-related expenses at the San Jose Family Community Church.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Riley did not have lymphoma or any other type of cancer.
“When people donated to the rally to raise funds online or in person, they believed their donations would be used to pay for the rally’s cancer-related expenses,” prosecutors said. “In fact, the rally had no cancer-related expenses, and donor funds were only deposited into the rally’s personal bank account.”
The rally acknowledged receiving more than 400 donations worth 10 106,272, prosecutors said.Riley was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Beth Leibson Freeman on February 22, 2022.