In Horizon City, Texas teen Angie Gomez was arrested last week based on a theft by deception charge. The 19 teen year old had shared with Horizon High School that doctors had given her a six month period to live.
Gomez had explained to her community that as a child she had suffered from leukemia and now the cancer had returned in a fatal state. Together with family and friends Angie Gomez created the Achieve the Dream foundation in order to support families of children with cancer.
Due to her alleged condition, Gomez missed her senior prom and so another local high school held a special prom just for her where she was declared prom queen. That same month Gomez’s fraud was discovered.
After receiving a complaint that Angie Gomez was not ill, the city’s police opened an investigation on June 2, 2011. Her six month death sentence had passed and Gomez seemed to be fine.
Horizon City police arrested Angie Gomez at her place of work with a warrant. Gomez was jailed with a 50,000 bond and faces a felony charge.
According to detectives the Achieve the Dream foundation bank account had more than 17,000 dollars worth of donations. Gomez’s mother said that she had no idea of the extent of her daughter’s fundraising. Her lawyers Sheldon Myers said, “She has a real soft spot for people that suffer from those types of diseases, and that’s why she was trying to get money for them.”
DHS Prom Committee member junior Jarred Bedgood said, “ I hope nothing like this ever happens at Dominican, no matter what intentions she had with the money it is still wrong.
Another member of the committee junior Mykiliah Thompson said, “Prom is about having the time of your life and creating memories with others, all she did was have a prom full of lies and full of herself and that is wrong to me.”