A Texas teenager in El Paso is accused of faking her own cancer and pocketing more than $17,000.00 in donations. Ruth Angelica “Angie” Gomez, 18, told people about her illness and that she was dying from leukemia. She told people she only had six months to live.
The teen is still alive nine months later. Gomez had faked the cancer to receive $17,000. Police are charging her with deception for receiving donations under false pretenses.
“We haven’t found anything that indicates that she does have leukemia,” Horizon City police Detective Liliana Medina said on Wednesday.
Gomez received the donations through an organization called “Achieve the Dream Foundation.” She had created the foundation herself earlier this year under the pretense of helping children with leukemia beat cancer. However, someone who became suspicious called the police to investigate.
In March, she said that from age 2 until she turned 13, she practically lived at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., battling leukemia. Hospital records show no patient with her name was treated at Children’s Mercy within the past 10 years.
Gomez, who graduated from Horizon City High about 20 miles east of El Paso, could face felony charges. The district attorney’s office is reviewing the case before authorities consider any possible arrest.
On her now shut down website for the made-up foundation, Gomez is pictured in a dark T-shirt with her organization’s green ribbon-shaped logo and the tag line: “Behind every fighter there is a supporter. Will you be mine?”
Students at Da Vinci High School were among the hundreds who responded to Gomez’s cancer plea for donations. The students hosted a prom party/fundraiser for her after she told them that she had missed her own senior prom because she was in treatment. A limousine and a dress donated by a fancy boutique were provided, and she was named queen at the dance.