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Northwood woman who faked cancer diagnosis then cashed in faces trial in April on felony charges


This news story was published on February 25, 2020.
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NORTHWOOD – A woman who police say faked her own cancer diagnosis to gain gifts, money, and a bedroom makeover has will face a jury trial in April on felony charges.

After a two month long investigation, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jennifer Hope Mikesell on Friday December 20, 2019 on the charges of Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a class “B” Felony, Theft Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony, Fraudulent Practices, a class “D” Felony, and four counts of Forgery, all class “D” Felony’s. Jennifer Hope Mikesell claimed that she was diagnosed with cancer and was receiving cancer treatments at Mayo Health Systems in Rochester, Minnesota which was found to be untrue. Mikesell had received multiple donations of money, food, and other supplies. Mikesell also received a bedroom makeover from My Happy Haven in October of 2019. The investigation continued and further charges were brought, including six counts of forgery and second-degree theft.

Mikesell has entered a not-guilty plea. She has been scheduled for a jury trial on April 1, 2020 in Worth county. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 16.

Jennifer Mikesell

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6 Responses to Northwood woman who faked cancer diagnosis then cashed in faces trial in April on felony charges

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 26, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Didn’t she used to live in Osage?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

    having lost people to actual cancer….. I’d not mind giving her a real broken nose and a real fractured jaw. Courtesy of and on behalf of everyone who’s been a real victim of cancer. She deserves a beating for smiling about it as much as doing it. Shameless obese loser, let’s hope she doesn’t have kids. Probably a meth or pill head.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 25, 2020 at 11:46 am

    She should have faked bone spurs.

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      I know Randy Reply Report comment

      February 25, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      If she offers to give everything away for free, to whoever wants it, she will be popular.