RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is facing charges for collecting money for cancer treatments even though she didn't have cancer, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) says.

Detectives started the investigation on March 8 after getting a tip that a person was Obtaining Property by False Pretense and had been doing so for a while, according to RCSO. Officers say their investigation revealed that Amy Ellissa Hammer, had been fraudulently reporting that she has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), which is a form of cancer. 

Hammer is accused of accepting money that she said was used for her treatments, via Amy's Promise Facebook page, the sheriff's office says. There had also been tee shirt sales related to the matter.  

During further investigation, deputes said Trinity Wesleyan Church of Seagrove had planned a fundraiser to assist the family. The church has since cancelled the fundraiser, which was set for March 23.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help to account for raffle tickets that were being sold for a Savage 410 shotgun, a piece of EJ King Pottery and a Transitions Salon and Spa Package. The church was also selling 50/50 raffle tickets. 

 Anyone that has any of these tickets to sell that have not been turned in and/or money collected for those tickets, please turn them in to the Sheriff’s Office at 727 McDowell Rd., Asheboro.  

If you bought any of these tickets, hold on to the stubs and someone will contact you in reference to your purchase.  The case is still under investigation and charges are pending.  

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