|ACHIEVE THE CON|
Cancer con-woman Ruth Angelica Gomez preyed on people's sympathy to rake in more than $17,000 through an organization which she set up called Achieve the Dream.
Hundreds had responded to pleas she made at motivational talks and fundraisers including students at Da Vinci High School who threw a prom party/fundraiser for her after she told them that she had missed her own senior prom because she was in treatment.
But there was nothing wrong with the 17-year-old, of Horizon City, who cops began investigating in June after someone complained that she did not appear to be sick.The results were damning.
Horizon City police Detective Liliana Medina told The El Paso Times: "We haven't found anything that indicates that she does have leukemia."
Like many, Nicole Matsuda, who took in the supposedly sick girl into her home for six months after Gomez claimed her parents had kicked her out and asked for a temporary place to stay, was appalled by the deception.
The 28-year-old youth leader describes Gomez as pale and skinny, saying it was not hard for some people to think the girl was ill, adding: "She would be weak, always sleeping."
Even her fiance, Freddy Alcantar had no idea of her deception.
He said: "She would take medications. But I didn't ask what kind; it was a sensitive subject."
The last he heard from her was a brief call where she told him she was going away and "She just disappeared."
The district attorney's office is also reviewing the case before authorities consider any possible arrest for theft.