A truTV reality star has been arrested in Florida for allegedly pulling off a massive con which involved her pretending to be a cancer patient to swindle money from her unsuspecting victims.
Nicole Clawson, 39, appeared on the reality show called Full Throttle Saloon about a notorious biker bar in Sturgis, South Dakota.
According to detectives, the suspected con artist and mother of three lied her way onto the set of the truTV program, telling producers that she inherited $40million from her father and wanted to offer the bar $1million as her dying wish.
Busted: Nicole Clawson, 39, was arrested in Florida on fraud charges for allegedly running a scam targeting cancer patients and men she met online
Episodes of Full Throttle Saloon featuring Clawson were taped in August, but are airing now.
‘She injected herself into the show, after several months of calling us,’ Full Throttle Saloon owner and show star Michael Ballard told News13. ‘We thought it was going to be a great story to tell.’
According to the makers of the reality show, Clawson also stole jewelry and forged checks from her targets.
Police say that since October, Clawson has been seen in the vicinity of The Villages Regional Hospital, Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala and Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
According to detectives, the homeless 39-year-old woman posed as both a surgical nurse and a stage 4 brain cancer patient.
TV personality: Clawson got to be on the truTV reality show Full Throttle Saloon by lying that her dying wish was to give the South Dakota bar $1million as a gift from her inheritance
Elaborate con: Detectives say Clawson even shaved her head, right, to convince her victims that she was undergoing chemotherapy for her brain cancer
She even went so far as to shave her head to look like she was undergoing chemotherapy in a bid to get people, including real cancer patients, to give her money, police told ClickOrlando.
One of Clawson's alleged victims, who is battling the illness, tipped officials off about her alleged scam Thursday night.
The woman was taken into custody in Lady Lake and charged with two counts of organized fraud. She is being held on $2,000.
Besides pretending to be terminally ill, investigators said Clawson also met men online and used them to try and buy several million-dollar homes in Central Florida.
Police say that one of her victims, a wheelchair-bound man, even agreed to marry Clawson and helped her try to buy $4million, 11,000-square-foot Winter Garden home.
Target: Clawson was allegedly hanging outside The Villages Regional Hospital pretending to be a surgical nurse
Detective Darren Norris, with the Sumter county Sheriff's Office, said years earlier, the Indiana native published fake obituaries about her children to raise funds.
Officials believe there are other victims out there who have fallen prey to Clawson’s scam.
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