Vikings Fans Group Says Woman’s Cancer Was Hoax
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Members of a Minnesota Vikings fan organization raised thousands of dollars for a woman believed to have terminal brain cancer. But, now they've learned they likely fell for a con artist.
The group Viking World Order arranged front row seats and field access for a game against the Green Bay Packers and raised $20,000 on a fund-raising site and from jersey sales. The woman who contacted the fans group graduated from Edina High School and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Vikings fan Joe LaMonte took her to a game and loaned her money. LaMonte says after a while people began wondering why she wasn't taking medication or attending chemotherapy.
It was an acquaintance in Florida that finally blew the whistle on her.