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Woman who faked cancer to get donations sentenced

A Baltimore County woman who stole thousands of dollars from friends by pretending she had terminal stomach cancer was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution totaling more than $14,000.

“In my opinion, you are a professional thief,” said sentencing Judge John Grason Turnbull II, who also said he would recommend Dina Leone for treatment at the Patuxent Institution.

Leone pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony theft in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Leone used Facebook to get in touch with old high school friends, telling them she had no insurance and could not afford cancer treatments. Friends and acquaintances rallied to her cause and raised funds. The family of professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek, a high school classmate of Leone’s, arranged an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland last year for Leone and her family.

Inconsistencies ultimately unraveled Leone’s scheme. Police noticed her photos sometimes showed a “catheter” in the right side of her chest, sometimes in the left. Leone shaved her head prior to buying wigs, but friends noticed she lacked bald spots that would indicate her hair had fallen out. Area hospitals also said they had no record of Leone being treated for cancer.

6 comments

  1. I am curious about something here. Since this woman was sentenced, why was she allowed to leave court and was not taken immediately into custody? I understand that her attorney is trying to have her committed to the Pautuxent Institute for “treatment” rather than incarceration, but why is she still running around free and able to flee before being locked up?

  2. Perhaps the judge gave her some time to get her “affairs in order” as they say before reporting to jail. Or, he may have set an appeal bond that was posted.

  3. I read in a different article that she claims she does not know right from wrong. Obviously sending years in jail will teach her what happens when she does something wrong. She already had a history of bad checks and had been involved in a mortgage scam wherein she lost her real estate license. Hope she spends the entire sentence in jail.

  4. Harry, she left out the side door … she has been in jail since the plea in the earlier part of the summer.

  5. “Left out the side door…” that’s one I have never heard before. I’m glad to hear that she remains in custody. I hope that she serves out her entire sentence until full restitution is made to the real victims in this case.

  6. IF ANYBODY DOES THAT THEY SHOULD SPEND THEIR WHOLE TIME IN JAIL BEACUSE THAT’S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CRIME! NO SHE DID’T KILL ANYONE, BUT SHE TO BE TREATED LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON THAT HAS COMMITTED A CRIME!

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