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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