Alabama woman accused of fraud while collecting thousands claiming terminal illness

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. – A Shelby County woman is accused of soliciting money for medical bills and a trip to Disney while claiming she had terminal cancer. Her crowdfunding accounts took in more than $38,000, according to investigators.

Cataldo GoFundMe page (Image: AG Steve Marshall)

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, 37, of Shelby County. She faces two counts of 1st degree theft by deception of at least $38,000. She’s being held with a $50,000 bond on each count.

Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, 37 (Image: AG Steve Marshall)

The AG’s office began a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the case on April 13. Investigators say Cataldo had two online GoFundMe fundraising campaigns through which she asked for assistance with her medical bills and a family vacation to Disney. The campaigns identified Cataldo as a terminal cancer patient.

Investigators say they uncovered her claim was untrue.

The case is expected to be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division.