NY mom admits stealing son's cancer benefit money

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 7:59 AM
NY mom admits stealing son's cancer benefit money

An upstate New York woman has admitted to gambling away thousands of dollars raised to help her son fight cancer.

The Buffalo News reports ( http://bit.ly/nfPO5l) that 46-year-old Sherry Holcomb of Cortland pleaded guilty Wednesday in state Supreme Court to a felony count of scheme to defraud.

The newspaper reports that Holcomb confessed to losing $15,000 of her son's benefit money while gambling at casinos in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada.

Prosecutors say the money had been raised for her 21-year-old son, Ryan O'Donnell, who's being treated for leukemia.

She faces up to four years in prison when she's sentenced Nov. 16.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com