Woman who Faked Cancer Must Pay Restitution to American Cancer Society

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 20-year-old woman will spend five days in jail and one year on probation after she was convicted of collecting money donors believed they were giving to a person suffering from stage III lung cancer.

Celina Winchell was convicted theft and obstructing an officer after investigators in Merrill say she, and her father, placed donation jars at 16 Merrill businesses and were in the process of having the Eagle's Nest host a pancake breakfast.

Celina's father, Edmund, was also sentenced to five days in jail.

One Merrill business employee told police both Celina and Edmund had come in together asking if a donation jar could be put out.

According to court documents, family members told investigators Celina's buzzed haircut, was due to a bad dye job, not chemotherapy.

In addition to writing an apology letter to be published in the Merrill Foto News, Celina Winchell was ordered to pay $255 restitution to the American Cancer Society.


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