Jambonewspot is reporting that a Kenyan woman identifying herself as Betty Emmy has raised Sh18 million from unsuspecting well wishers under false pretenses after claiming she has is suffering from multiple types of cancers.
The woman is said to have been targeting unsuspecting Kenyans through social media crowd sourcing.
She claims to have cancer of the liver, blood and spleen and proclaims herself as a cancer warrior. Now her victims who include those who helped her raise the funds want her to be probed for fraud.
The mobile number used by the ‘patient’, Betty Emmy, was found to be registered in the name of one Beatrice Emmy Ochieng.
She had been posting posters on Facebook luring her victims to donate. Her account has since been taken down.
“Betty Emmy” made several “emotional” appeals in posters posted on Facebook where in one, she says she was diagnosed with stage four primary liver cancer and stage three secondary lung cancer, which she claimed to have recovered from.
In subsequent posts however, she claims that her situation had turned for the worse and that she was now admitted at a London hospital where she has gone into remission.
“I experienced a recurrence of secondary gastric cancer stage four and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia stage three (brain metastasis) and I am currently battling one primary cancer and three secondary cancers. Please help Betty continue with her treatment in London,” reads the poster.
The patient had also affiliated herself with a reputable cancer organization in a bid to raise money. The Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation has since disassociated themselves with her saying that they now believe that her story was just a story to raise money and likely a case of fraud.
A lady identified as Julie Muriuki who had been helping the “patient” in raising funds said she first met her in October 2016 when she had organized a birthday party at Kenyatta National Hospital and the “patient” showed up.
Betty Emmy is said to have pulled the heart strings of everyone in attendance and after the event she started asking for money.
At the time she claimed she had leukemia, kidney failure and spleen damage, and that her treatment would cost her Sh273 million.
A Whatsapp group “Friends on a Mission” formed by Muriuki raised Sh18 million for Betty through public pledges the group. Betty at the time claimed to have liver cancer and intended to seek treatment in the UK.
One of the flyers Betty Emmy used to solicit funds for her “cancer” treatment
At another instance she reached out to the group seeking Sh12 million but they demanded pictures from her.
However, she got really upset and even refunded Sh5,500.
London’s Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead however did not have a patient under that name after being reached for clarification several times.
“Betty Emmy” however insisted that her claims were not made up and even said that she would be returning to the country to face those accusing her of fraud.
She would however not reveal the name of the hospital where she was seeking treatment nor the names of the doctors treating her..
“I want to come and clear my name,” she said.
The “patient” had also duped another family in Kenya to take her in and they have since recorded a police statement at the Ruaraka Police Station.