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Steven T. Marshall
Alabama Attorney General www.ago.alabama.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 May 5, 2017

AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES ARREST FOR THEFT OF MORE THAN $38,000 BY SHELBY COUNTY WOMAN WHO CLAIMED TO BE DYING AND FRAUDULENTLY SOLICITED DONATIONS 

(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced the arrest yesterday of a Shelby County woman for two counts of first-degree theft by deception of at least $38,000.  Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, 37, of Sterrett, was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail, with a $50,000 bond on each count.

The joint federal and state investigation is continuing, and the Attorney General’s Office urges anyone with information or who may be a possible victim of Cataldo to contact the Criminal Trials Division by calling 334-353-1875.

On April 13, 2017, the Attorney General's Office began conducting a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation into Cataldo. The investigation of  Cataldo centered around her use of two online GoFundMe fundraising campaigns, through which she received more than $38,000 from donors wishing to assist her with medical bills and a family vacation to Disney.  The fundraising campaigns identified Cataldo as a terminal cancer patient. The investigation of Cataldo has uncovered that her claim of having terminal cancer was in fact not true. It is believed that Cataldo acted alone in the scheme.

With the assistance of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Cataldo was arrested yesterday afternoon on warrants from the Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Marshall thanked representatives of GoFundMe for their vigilance and cooperation in this matter.

No additional information concerning this matter may be released at this time due to the ongoing nature of this investigation.  The case is expected to be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division.

Please note: mugshot and GoFundMe photo are attached above.

 

*A warrant is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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