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Mesquite Mom Sentenced In Cancer Scam

Claimed Son Had Cancer To Raise Money

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — A 36-year-old Nevada woman was sentenced to a year in the Mesquite city jail and ordered to pay almost $750 in restitution for raising money with a false claim that her 7-year-old son had cancer.

Mesquite police Sgt. MaQuade Chesley says Shawnanna Starr Guerrero Flores pleaded guilty Monday in Mesquite Justice Court to misdemeanor charges including obtaining money under false pretenses and obstruction.

Moapa Justice of the Peace Ruth Kolhoss also ordered Flores to undergo a mental evaluation and serve 500 hours of community service with an organization that helps cancer victims.

Flores was arrested in September on 95 misdemeanor charges after telling people her son had a rare form of liver cancer.

Several fundraisers were organized on the boy’s behalf, including a car wash and a garage sale.


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