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Well, Something Was Malignant

After a Greenville, N.H., woman opened a sympathy card her husband’s employer sent, she called the company to reveal the news: she wasn’t dead. Over the roughly two years in which he’d told co-workers (but not her) about his wife’s “battle with cancer,” Scott Wellington, 31, received weeks of extra vacation time and thousands of dollars in donations. “We were extra sympathetic to this guy,” said Dan Villemaire, president of C&M Machine Co. “My father, Paul, the CEO of this company, is a cancer survivor. This really pulled at our heartstrings.” Wellington quit after his wife’s supposed death, and has been charged with theft by deception — his wife doesn’t have cancer, and never did. (AC/New Hampshire Union Leader) ...Wellington’s father predicts he’ll ask for mercy because he’s an orphan.
Original Publication Date: 12 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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