Pa. woman gets probation in child-cancer fundraiser scam

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman will spend a year on probation for selling discount fundraising coupon booklets she falsely told people would benefit a 4-year-old girl with cancer.

In reality, Pennsylvania State Police say 33-year-old Mandy Klinkner, of Somerset, kept all $2,000 she raised instead of giving it to the sick girl and Sheetz, a convenience store chain.

Sheetz offers the books as a fundraising vehicle. Each sells for $10 and Sheetz is supposed to get $8 with the fundraiser keeping $2.

The Daily American of Somerset reports Klinkner was charged with theft, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct under a plea agreement in April.

She was sentenced Thursday. Klinkner must also repay the money.

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