Sheriff's department asks other victims to come forward
June 25, 2014 | 09:18 AM
A 27-year-old English mother of three children was arrested Friday after she allegedly lied about having a terminal medical condition and received money raised from fundraisers that were supposed to benefit her medical and burial costs.
According to a probable cause affidavit, an anonymous tip was received by the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. regarding Teryn Edith Applegate and her earning money for medical bills for a falsely purported inoperable brain tumor.
"Our department at the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. is shocked and appalled at the actions of one who has chosen to use deceit and manipulation to take advantage of the giving generosity of our community," HCSD detective Nick Smith said.
During an investigation, it was learned that Applegate had received a $10 gift card and $30 in merchandise from Gun World and Sporting Goods Inc. in Corydon on April 24. The business confirmed it had given the items to Applegate in hopes to help her family pay medical and burial costs associated with her alleged condition.
Investigators also learned that she had received a $100 donation on April 10 from Trinity Assembly of God, which is located south of Corydon. A representative from the church told police they had given the donation to Applegate to help pay for medical and burial expenses.
Medical records obtained by the HCSD confirmed that Applegate had never been diagnosed for an inoperable brain tumor.
During an interview on June 20, Applegate allegedly told police she had never been seen nor diagnosed by medical professionals to have a brain tumor. She said she allowed her family and children to believe that she was told by medical professionals that she had only six months to live due to the inoperable brain tumor she falsely purported.
Applegate allegedly said she went along with fundraising efforts in Harrison and Clark counties and had received donations from Gun World and Trinity Assembly of God Church, as well as participated in a fundraising event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1427 in Charlestown.
Applegate also told police she had received numerous other donations from Harrison County residents but was unable to remember who the donors were or how much they gave.
Applegate received a preliminary charge of felony theft. The sheriff's department is asking anyone who may have donated to Applegate or donated as part of a fundraiser to call its office at 812-738-2195.