Ed­mond man who faked can­cer or­dered to spend time in jail

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY JOSH DULANEY Staff Writer jdu­[email protected]­la­homan.com

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.

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