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Mesquite mom arrested in alleged cancer fraud scam

Shawnanna Starr Flores (Mesquite Police Department)
Shawnanna Starr Flores (Mesquite Police Department)
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Updated: 9/07/2013 9:18 am
MESQUITE (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Mesquite police have arrested a 36-year-old woman for allegedly running a scam claiming her 7-year-old son had a rare liver cancer.

Detectives arrested Shawnanna Starr Flores on Friday evening.

Police said they believe Flores falsely represented her son as having a rare malignant liver cancer known as hepatoblastoma.

A benefit car wash held at a gas station on Aug. 24 raised $404.

A fund for the child was created at a Wells Fargo bank, and donation jars were placed in businesses around the city.

Flores was charged with felony fraud, obtaining money under false pretenses, felony child abuse and felony theft.

Child Protective Services is also investigating the case.I

If you have additional information on the case or donated to the Rodrigo Cancer Fund, you are asked to contact Mesquite Det. Ron Richmond at (702) 346-5262. 
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