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Meaghan Hudson

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – The attorney for a 25-year-old woman accused of faking she had cancer to get thousands of dollars in donations said there is more to the story.

The attorney for Meaghan Hudson  talked to FOX 5 Monday after a readiness conference outside the South Bay courthouse Monday morning.

“She is very remorseful.  Any criminal case that has an individual who has never committed a crime in her life – there’s usually a story behind it,” her attorney said. “There are factors and reasons behind [the alleged crime] that lead up to the activity. It’s something we can’t really talk about right now.  We’ll get a chance to do that with you in the future.”

Hudson was arrested in January after an anonymous tipster told Chula Vista police she was not suffering from the illness.

An online fundraising website was set up by her parents to help with Hudson’s purported medical condition. They raised $5,000 online plus an additional $2,000 at a bowling fundraiser set up by her friends in Ohio. Many of Hudson’s friends supported her by shaving their heads and getting tattoos in her honor.

In February, Hudson pleaded not guilty to four felony charges, including grand theft of personal property. Since then, her step-mother, Margaret Hudson, posted an apology on the fundraising website. She expressed her disappointment in Meaghan’s deceptive behavior and promised to pay back money that was donated to her step-daughter’s cause. She claimed Meaghan lied about attending San Diego State University and having a nursing degree.

Hudson is expected to return to court in May.

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4 comments

  • Ray

    I donated $300
    It was not a whole lot but it was from my hard earned money.
    Does anyone know when her next court date is? Don’t wish her
    Anything bad I do want to go to one of her court appearance.

    • Michele

      Ray, I am sorry that you were duped by this woman. You are a generous person to have helped a person in need. I went through breast cancer treatment back in 2007. No one in my family sought donations from others online. It is difficult to verify that a stranger is truly in need, when we donate online. I have also been duped by donating to a friend of a friend. The cause was very real, but the circumstances surrounding the event were extremely negligent. Anyway,
      it is people like you that restore my faith in humanity.

      • Ray

        Michele,
        Thank you for you’re email. I truly hope you are better now. I can only imagine what you and your family went through.
        I will add you to my prayers for God to keep you healthy and live a long happy life.
        May God Bless you and your family always.

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