Edmond man who faked cancer ordered to spend time in jail
A 52-year-old Edmond man who faked a cancer diagnosis and duped dogooders out of thousands of dollars has been ordered to spend 20 days in the Oklahoma County jail.
Alodis Reynolds Jr. was also ordered to spend six years on probation. He already has paid more than $30,000 in restitution, but authorities say there were multiple unknown victims.
In October, Reynolds pleaded guilty to four felony counts of obtaining money by trick or deception, and one felony count of using a computer to fraudulently obtain money.
He let a judge decide his sentence. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong sentenced Reynolds on Wednesday. Truong also ordered him to pay another couple thousand in restitution.
Prosecutors accused Reynolds of raising more than $60,000 in donations in 2015 by falsely claiming to have leukemia and soliciting donations for treatment.
He swindled one couple out of $10,000. He used an online fundraising site, silent auctions and other fundraisers to rake in another $50,000, including more than $18,600 from one person who donated through three separate checks and the website GoFundMe.
An Oklahoma City police detective said that, throughout the scam, Reynolds posted photos of himself online, wearing a surgical mask, with a shaved head, and answered phone calls from friends in a weakened voice, claiming to have just finished a round a treatment.
According to the detective, Reynolds never produced documentation confirming his cancer diagnosis, and a search for medical records at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center showed he had never been treated for cancer there.
Reynolds had told his then-fiancee, as well as friends and family he was receiving cancer treatment at the center. He also announced his fake diagnosis at church, and members of the congregation donated to his treatment.
Authorities said people made 87 donations on GoFundMe ranging from $10 to $1,000. Reynolds allegedly told a friend about the scheme, authorities said. When his thenfiancee learned of it, she ended their relationship and told authorities.
Reynolds has another court case pending on a misdemeanor charge related to a stolen license plate.
Alodis Reynolds Jr.