Deputies: Couple Charged In Cancer Scheme 2-07-2011
An Upstate couple is facing charges after deputies said they falsely claimed their daughter had cancer and cashed a dead man's Social Security checks. Alicia and Steven Kelly both faced several charges, including swindling, the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said the couple had convinced the teen that she had cancer, giving her fake medicine and creating a website chronicling her battle with the disease. Deputies said they believed that as time went on, the girl realized she wasn't sick, but she was too scared to bring the truth to light. During questioning about the cancer scheme, deputies said Alicia Kelly told them that they could find her grandfather's body in a camper. Police said they believe the man was dead for more than a year. During that time, the Kellys cashed his Social Security and retirement checks, deputies said. On Wednesday, a judge granted each of the Kellys $80,000 bond. The couple's five children had not been to school in years, deputies said. The kids were with their grandparents Monday night, authorities said.
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