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On Trial for Running a Cancer Scam? It’s Best to Not Get a Cancer-Surviving Judge

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By HVnews on August 30, 2011

Kristen Seamans had a good thing going. The 21-year-old resident of Cincinnatus, NY — not far from Syracuse — raised more that $1,000 at a charity fundraiser to help offset the costs of her breast cancer treatment back in July. Except that it turned out she didn’t have breast cancer at all.

It was all a scam. She was arrested by state police and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud. Seamans has never been in trouble before and is being held on $10,000 bail.

At a recent hearing, Seamans’ lawyer requested she be released pending trial.

What goes around comes around, though. Turns out the Onondaga County judge at her hearing, William Walsh, underwent surgery for prostate cancer last year.

He was naturally a little more than indignant at the request.

“Do you know how many people are affected by cancer? Virtually every family in America is affected by that disease,” Walsh said. “I just went through it. Bail stands,” the judge said in denying the request, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

Boom. Roasted.

Not that we would ever advocate for running a con or scam, but jeez, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Pick a disease that hasn’t afflicted every family in America at some point. Especially if you get caught and have to stand trial with a prickly judged PO’d by his own bout of cancer. Pick something slightly obscure that sounds horrible, but that a person can “miraculously recover” from just in case you get tired of running the scheme and want to go back to your normal life. You don’t wants your friends, family and community to suspect something suspicious was going on.

Not that we’ve thought about it.

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