Mom who faked son’s cancer sentenced to probation

  • (Phil Didion/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, file In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Monika Burgett listens to opening statements during her trial in Cincinnati. Burgett, who prosecutors say falsely claimed her young son had terminal cancer, pretended to be a doctor and fraudulently raised funds for him has been sentenced to probation. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a Hamilton County judge told Burgett that she needs “significant help” before sentencing her Wednesday to five years of probation.

CINCINNATI — A woman who prosecutors say falsely claimed her young son had terminal cancer, pretended to be a doctor and fraudulently raised funds for him has been sentenced to probation.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a Hamilton County judge told 40-year-old Monika Burgett that she needs “significant help” before sentencing her Wednesday to five years of probation. Burgett was convicted in August of misdemeanor child endangerment and telecommunications fraud.

The judge ordered an extensive treatment plan for Burgett. He also ordered her to repay more than $26,000 to the GoFundMe fundraising site.

Burgett’s attorney says the sentence will give her a chance to “get her life back together.”

Testimony indicated Burgett’s 5-year-old son has a genetic condition that causes benign growths. He’s currently living with family members in Texas.

———

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.