Scammer Claimed She and Her Son had Cancer

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TROY, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer.

Melissa D. Barton, 25, of Troy was arrested Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield. Police said, she was on her way to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phil" show.

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said, Barton was charged with theft by deception -- similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5.

Parsons said, she faced additional charges after a second alleged victim came forward.

Police said, Barton appealed to residents for cash via social media, at a local church and in person, claiming she and her son had cancer.

Police said, they're still investigating.
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