A 31-year-old Lincoln mother is accused of scamming churches and church members out of nearly $12,000 by claiming she was suffering from incurable diseases.
Lincoln Police Department Officer Katie Flood says the woman operated the scam for a couple of months before some got suspicious.
“April Nesslein claimed to be suffering from cancer, brain tumors, stage-four lymphoma, even adding that she had three months to live,” according to Flood. “She played upon the sympathies of others and manipulated them into providing over $11,000 in donations.”
Flood says Nesslein was charged with felony theft by deception.
Nesslein is accused of ripping off those closest to her.
“People from various churches and other individuals gave her rent payments, purchases of new furniture, groceries, clothing and other household items,” Flood says.
Flood says her five children, ranging in age from 3 to 14 years old, had been placed in protective custody for medical reasons when she faked a seizure in September.
That episode raised suspicions at the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Other questions surfaced, culminating in Nesslein’s arrest. Nesslein has been found to be suffering from none of the diseases she claimed.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this article.