Mum-of-two, 27, faked terminal cancer to rake in £22,000 from well-wishers on Facebook

A MUM-OF-TWO has today pleaded guilty to faking a terminal cancer diagnosis to rake in £20,000 from well-wishers. 

Megan Scotcher, 27,  pretended to have the life-threatening illness between June and December last year. 

Scotcher, from Ripley, Derbyshire, announced on Facebook she had just months to live after hospital scans revealed she had seven tumours in her lungs.

She had genuinely been struck by cancer on three previous occasions but had been cured by chemotherapy and surgery.

In July, last year, she wrongly claimed that a hospital check-up had revealed that the cancer had returned and had been told by doctors that because of previous treatments, her organs had been too badly damaged for another round of chemotherapy.

Shocked relatives and friends began to raise money so Scotcher could have a good quality of life in her final months with her sons Cole and Archie aged eight and two.

Scotcher said at the time: "I'm absolutely devastated – more so for my children. With the youngest it's quite difficult because he wouldn't really understand.

"And with my eldest, he knows that I'm poorly but at the minute he doesn't know the full extent."

The father of Ms Scotcher's son Archie set up a Gofundme page when he heard the news, with an original target of £500 but in days had raised £12,000.

Another well wisher raised £2,500 by completing a 1,000 kilometre bike ride – with the total sum raised reaching £22,000.

Scotcher had said she would use the money to create “holiday memories” for her children and split the remaining cash between them after she had gone.

She spoke at the time of her amazement as donations poured in: "It's unbelievable – I can't get over people's generosity to be honest.

"It's been mind-blowing. It's really amazing how people can come together – I still can't get over it now.

"We've been looking at nice log cabins and different places where the boys can go with the bikes. It will create some really nice memories with them."

Police began to investigate after a relative had spoken to medical staff at the hospital where Scotcher claimed she was being treated.

Scotcher was arrested in March, this year and charged with one offence of fraud by false representation.

She appeared at Nottingham Crown Court by video link today where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

The case was adjourned to allow for a psychiatric report on Scotcher to be prepared and is expected to be sentenced at the same court in September.

Scotcher was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, when she was 14.

She broke her leg while on holiday in France and, despite an x-ray appearing to show there were no serious problems, in the following months she lost a great deal of weight and was in such pain she could not walk.

Doctors at a hospital in Birmingham found that she had a tumour the size of a clenched fist in her knee.

She had to undergo chemotherapy and have the bones in her leg replaced with titanium.

The cancer struck twice more – once in 2009 and then again in 2010, when it had moved to her lungs.

In 2009 and 2010 she underwent chemotherapy and an operation to remove the tumours.

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