Woman Accused of Forging Doctor's Note Saying She Had Cancer

She was given a break in her prosecution on a prescription drug charge, because of her claim that she had cancer.

But now it turns out that the claim may be fake -- and a Utah woman is being charged with forgery and writing false statements.

Andrea Shaw presented a letter with a doctor's signature, saying she needed aggressive treatment for breast cancer. As a result, a prosecutor in Logan, Utah, offered her a plea deal in a case involving illegal prescriptions. The case would be dropped in 18 months if she avoided legal trouble.

The doctor whose signature apparently appears on the letter says he never wrote it.

The prosecutor apparently isn't ready to treat this lightly. His own mother died of cancer.

AP


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