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Woman Fools Prosecutor with Cancer Claim

Woman Fools Prosecutor with Cancer Claim



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A woman whose claim of cancer won her leniency in a drug case was charged with lying about the illness.

A letter with a doctor's signature said Andrea Shaw, 35, of Paradise needed aggressive treatment for breast cancer.

But Dr. Albert Hartman of the Women's Wellness Center in Ogden said he never wrote the letter. Shaw was arrested Thursday on charges of forgery and writing false statements.

"I got taken to the cleaners," said Tony Baird, Cache County deputy attorney, whose mother died of cancer. "It just absolutely infuriates me. Cancer, if you have ever experienced that with someone, you know the hell it is. It eats them up," Baird said.

The report of cancer had persuaded the prosecutor to offer Shaw a plea deal in a case involving illegal prescriptions. The case would be erased in 18 months if she avoided legal trouble.

Baird plans to revisit that deal.

Shaw could not be reached for comment Friday. There is no phone number listed in her name.

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