Ex-clerk faces trial for faking cancer, taking money

Thursday, November 5, 2009 | 8:31 a.m. CST; updated 10:21 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 5, 2009

PINEVILLE — A former clerk for the McDonald County prosecutor's office will stand trial for telling people she had cancer and then accepting donations even though she was healthy.

The Joplin Globe reports that Associate Judge John LePage bound 42-year-old Tammy Young over for trial Wednesday after a preliminary hearing. She was charged earlier this year with two counts of felony stealing.

McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson testified that he began investigating Young after reports that she did not have cancer, but accepted $10,000 to cover treatment for the disease. She worked in the prosecutor's office from June 2008 until this summer.

Defense attorney Ross Rhoades argued that prosecutors hadn't proven his client didn't believe she had cancer.


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