Dad Allegedly Lies To Wife, Family, Community About Cancer

We’ve talked about families that lie about cancer for publicity and handouts before, but Charles Embleton’s story goes just a little further than most.  He allegedly lied to his wife and family about struggling with the disease, even prompting her to start a blog.

This story out of Springfield, Oregon, is too common.  Nobody wanted to call Angela Ann Chapman out when she said her daughter had cancer, a lie made worse by faked photos of the “sick” child in common rooms at renowned hospitals.  And nobody wanted to say that Shawn Mead was a liar when his child apparently fell ill and ultimately “died”, only to be discovered alive and well after Mead had collected the money.

That’s because we as humans want to believe there are fundamental barriers.  Things that other people, no matter how sick, just won’t do to steal money from their friends, family and community.

Lying to your wife about cancer has got to be one of the most unthinkable things.  Charles Embleton’s wife Kelly claims she didn’t know anything about his dubious illness while supporting her husband online, and unfortunately, as you’ll see, she’s now faced with fallout from his actions, with people wondering why she didn’t attend appointments with him or request his medical records.

Why didn’t she?  It’s not about money.  It’s because nobody ever double checks their spouse when they say “honey, I’ve got a disease.”  They accept it, and dig in for the long fight.

Embleton does acknowledge that the ones that are most suffering from this are his wife and children, and hopefully that will give cause for pause for the next person that tries this.  Sure you might get some free swag and easy money, but when the lies come out, will the pain and heartache be worth a few thousand dollars?

And at least Embleton will be facing justice.  “Police arrested Embleton this week on accusations of theft by deception. He faces arraignment this week.”

Edit: There were a lot of comments after I posted this link yesterday and pointing me to additional coverage on KVAL with 47 comments further discussing the insanity and, amongst other things suggesting that the amount misappropriated may up to (and possibly more than) $9,700. Another KVAL article puts the figure at least $6,600, and mentions that Papa’s Pizza, who assisted in the fundraising tries to take some precautions in their fund-raising and continues to do so. KEZI also has an article on this matter. KVAL points us to the blog detailing the “struggle” of Kelly and Charles, but the only posts up there are from his sister Sarah, with at least one comment on a post saying she started the blog. If the comments are genuine, then there’s a lot of his family members that were taken in by this disturbing fraud.

Additionally, comments to the KVAL articles paint Kelly as less of an innocent bystander and more of an active participant but hopefully her full participation in this matter will come to light as the police and prosecutors continue their investigations.

Thanks to everyone that pointed to additional coverage and additional facts. It’s clear that there’s so much more to this story than will ever actually get out into the public.

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12 Responses to “Dad Allegedly Lies To Wife, Family, Community About Cancer”

  1. J. A. G. Says:

    Let me very quickly dispel the rumors swirling about; YES, his wife absolutely knew what was up. I know this despicable couple personally, and have given money out of my own pocket to them (for “treatment”). At one point, his wife told me that he was probably “in his last few days, or so” while she was begging me for any and all pain pills I could give them.

    I knew right then, something was seriously wrong, as if he was as ill as she was claiming, they’d be at home with hospice, or at the hospital.

    I should have seen that he had a drug addiction problem; I guess I just didn’t know that anyone could be so sick in the head as to do this to friends and fellow church members.

    I also want to say that whenever I’d question them as to why he wasn’t seeing his Oncologist more, or anything pertaining to his medical care, she was always the one who jumped in there with an excuse.

    Now, how in the world, in all the years he “had cancer”, not to mention that this is the SECOND time they’ve done this, had she not been to see an oncologist with him? (Yes, second; they just moved here to Oregon about a year and a half ago, and recent investigations have revealed that this is the second time they’ve pulled a stunt like this.)

    Funny, I specifically remember watching their kids for no less than 4 hours while they BOTH attended an “appointment” with one of his “doctors.”

    No, she was in on it, %100, all the way, and she is as deserving of jail as he is, if not more, as she was frequently the driving force behind the fund-raising, and the soliciting of funds.

  2. Sam Forthyisa Says:

    The interesting thing about this story is that the initial Eugene/Springfield Tv news stations are only scratching the surface. It will come out soon that both parents were in cahoots. The wife, Kelly, is not innocent. Both have drug habits that they needed the lie about having cancers to support. That’s right, cancers is plural. They faked Charles having testicular cancer and supposedly having both testicles removed then moved onto pancreatic cancer. How does a wife not know his husband didn’t have both testicles removed? ha ha.

  3. S. W. Says:

    CORRECTION to this story. The wife was the driving force behind the cancer scheme. They worked this scam together- benefitting together financially from it. They did lie to their kids. The kids would go up to the podium at church and talk about “daddy dying of cancer” then break down and cry. This was witnessed by a hundred people. She was the spokesperson out of the 2 of them. She wrote pages and pages on the ‘considering charles’ blog about all the doctor visits that she went to and witnessed the doctors prognosis and treatment for her husband and how uncomfortable it was to sleep in a hospital room all night. Interesting how all the entries she wrote are all now removed from the blog. She also contradicts herself in the media interview, saying that she couldn’t go to any appointments because of their 4 kids —However in the pages and pages of her blog she constantly talked about going to the hospital for CAT scans, seeing doctors, having x rays, and visiting the Cancer Center Treatment Center. She is playing the victim here. So your website name is correct for this couple… yes they truly are the WORST PARENTS EVER!!!! Both of them.

  4. Did This Really Happen? Says:

    Not enough words to say about this dispicable man and wife. How sad that they have children.

  5. Did This Really Happen? Says:

    Oh and the wife knew and was involved 100%. She was the one heading everything up. If Charles was asked a question about his health, Kelly would just jump up and speak over him and say, “We dont’ want to talk about us, it makes us feel better to talk about you… So how you doing?”

  6. Skeptical of the Wife Says:

    CORRECTION to this story. The wife was the driving force behind the cancer scheme. They worked this scam together- benefitting together financially from it. They did lie to their kids. The kids would go up to the podium at church and talk about “daddy dying of cancer” then break down and cry. This was witnessed by a hundred people. She was the spokesperson out of the 2 of them. She wrote pages and pages on the ‘considering charles’ blog about all the doctor visits that she went to and witnessed the doctors prognosis and treatment for her husband and how uncomfortable it was to sleep in a hospital room all night. Interesting how all the entries she wrote are all now removed from the blog. She also contradicts herself in the media interview, saying that she couldn’t go to any appointments because of their 4 kids —However in the pages and pages of her blog she constantly talked about going to the hospital for CAT scans, seeing doctors, having x rays, and visiting the Cancer Center Treatment Center. She is playing the victim here. So your website name is correct for this couple… yes they truly are the WORST PARENTS EVER!!!! Both of them.

  7. LDC Says:

    That’s right! I heard he had a testicle taken out and a fake one put in. This was right before the stage IV pancreatic cancer. Thought it was a weird story hearing it back then that a young guy would have testicular cancer and get no treatment of any kind. His wife I’m sure was in on that one too.

  8. One that was Duped Says:

    I was taken by Charles and his whole skeem. I beleive he should head for Hollywood. He deserves an academy award for his performance. He was very convincing until he got just a littel to greedy. Shame on you Charles.
    Shame on you.

  9. Det. Murkin Says:

    If anyone was a victim of this deception please contact myself at SPD (541)726-3721.

  10. S.F> Says:

    More news information about this case: http://www.registerguard.com/web/updates/27083089-41/embleton-cancer-case-charles-church.html.csp

  11. Kelly Embleton-Swindler 2 Says:

    To conclude this story:

    http://www.registerguard.com/web/updates/28216785-55/embleton-cancer-jail-lane-victims.html.csp

    http://kezi.com/news/local/248600

    http://www.kmtr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=3550606&navCatId=19833

    http://www.kval.com/news/local/Guilty-fake-cancer-Charles-Embleton-158486345.html

  12. admin Says:

    Thank you for the updates. From the Register Guard story:

    Likening his crimes to stealing a child’s wheelchair, a judge on Monday sentenced a Springfield man to six months in jail for using a fake terminal cancer diagnosis to swindle area residents out of more than $9,000.

    Charles Werner Embleton III pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree theft by deception and one second-degree count of the same crime. The 28-year-old man’s victims included fellow members of his Mormon church and the Papa’s Pizza chain. One of the chain’s restaurants donated nearly $1,700 in sales proceeds from a fundraising event to Embleton and his family based on his claimed “end-stage pancreatic cancer.”

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