A Florida man pretending to be a cancer patient steals from nonprofits

A Deltona man pretending to have breast cancer stole money from several nonprofit organizations that pay living expenses for patients undergoing treatment or in recovery, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy Bartlett, 59, was charged with organized fraud and theft of $5,000 but less than $10,000. He had also failed to appear in court in another case and was therefore also charged with failing to appear. He remained in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Monday with bail set at $20,500.

Two months ago, a Tampa-area woman who runs a nonprofit that pays living expenses for cancer patients undergoing treatment or in recovery contacted the sheriff’s office to report that her nonprofit was defrauded of $5,000 by Bartlett, investigators said.

Investigators determined that Bartlett was posing as a “Sally Holmes” who was out of work and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. During the investigation, it was learned that Bartlett had committed the same scam to steal from four other nonprofits in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Wisconsin, the sheriff’s office said.

The organizations all pay living expenses for patients battling breast cancer, ovarian cancer and childhood cancer, the sheriff’s office said.

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