Pennsylvania woman who faked cancer raised more than $36,000 in donations

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NEWTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman raised more than $36,000 in charitable donations by fooling her friends and family into thinking she had terminal cancer.

But now, Danielle Kunkel, has to repay nearly $50,000 in penalties and compensation, according to

She’s forced to pay the $36,665 in restitution, $3,750 in civil penalties, $8,470 in investigative costs, $792 in attorney fees and $229 in various other costs.

The money is expected to go toward various cancer charities in the Pennsylvania area.

The funds were initially raised after Kunkel said she faced more than $1 million in medical and travel expenses.

Kunkel was not criminally charged as the matter was settled in a civil case.


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