A Queen Creek woman appeared in court Friday facing charges of fraud, theft and forgery after she allegedly created a “fictitious” nonprofit for a boy diagnosed with cancer.
According to court documents, Lucina Marie Stapleton approached the victim in late 2015. The victim’s son had been recently diagnosed with cancer and Lucina asked for permission to create a nonprofit for the boy in order to generate donations to pay for treatments.
The victim was eventually provided with documentation showing the charity had been established in the child’s name.
However, an investigation, according to court paperwork, found the incorporation documents from Stapleton were never provided to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
The Arizona Attorney General Office was eventually notified, court documents read, the documents provided by Stapleton to the victim were forged which deemed the supposed charity a “fictitious organization.”
According to court paperwork, bank statements showed Stapleton had used funds obtained through the charity to pay bills and make money transfers to her personal account. She later admitted to this in an interview with authorities.
Court documents show a portion of the funds were received by the victim for cancer treatments, but nearly $5,000 was never provided to the victim.
Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 26.