HomeWorld NewsWoman ‘FAKED breast cancer & disability to go to camp to be bathed & dressed by volunteers’ – The Sun
Woman ‘FAKED breast cancer & disability to go to camp to be bathed & dressed by volunteers’ – The Sun
A WOMAN who claimed she had cancer and muscular dystrophy lied so she could get free bicycle gear — and to get access to a camp for the disabled, prosecutors said.
Sarah Delashmit, 35, was indicted in Illinois yesterday after she allegedly lied about having breast cancer in order to receive financial help and other perks.
Delashmit appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil in April 2019 and admitted she had an addiction to lying, calling it an “irresistible impulse.”
She said when she was 25 or 26 years old, she told her first "big lie," which was that she had cancer.
In October 2015 and March 2016, Delashmit claimed she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy, prosecutors said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
She allegedly did this in order to attend Camp Summit, a nonprofit camp in Texas.
While there, she used a wheelchair and is accused of pretending to need help dressing and bathing, per the indictment.
A camp counselor there said on Dr. Phil that Delashmit’s family and her pastor found out she was at the camp, confronted her there, and Delashmit “got up out of the wheelchair and didn’t say anything.”
From October 2017 until March 2018, Delashmit allegedly said she was a breast cancer survivor in order to attend the Young Survival Coalition in Orlando, Florida.
The event, a summit for young adults with breast cancer, provided donated items, including a bicycle and cycling gear.
A federal indictment said Delashmit used someone else’s credit card to buy a triathlon bike worth $4,499 in February 2019.
Separately, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing gave Delashmit a “severe reprimand” for alleging faking pregnancy twice — and she surrendered her nursing license as a result.
The woman, who wasn’t charged for the above, which apparently happened in 2014, is said to have worked in a neonatal intensive care unit in Oklahoma City.
While there, she is accused of stuffing her clothes with pillows and claimed she was pregnant with twins — even showing coworkers ultrasound photos — before later saying the fetuses had died, according to a settlement with the board.
In 2015, she agreed to the suspension of her nursing license in Illinois after regulators said she didn’t report what had happened in Oklahoma.
She was ordered to undergo mental health and psychological evaluations in order to get her licenses back, records show.
Per Dr. Phil’s show, former friends accused Delashmit of lying about having a husband and an armed stalker.
Delashmit said she knew lying was wrong.
The 35-year-old has been charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
She’s scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on March 24 and, per reports, is expected to plead not guilty.