Man accused of faking cancer, collecting disability

REEDSBURG, Wis. (AP) - A Reedsburg man accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to collect disability benefits.

Thirty-year-old Brian Mentch is charged with felony theft by false representation. Prosecutors say he provided fake doctor's notes and excuses to his employer, Seats Inc., in order to collect more than $2,600 in benefits.

WISC-TV ( ) says Mentch had been working for Seats for less than two months when he made the cancer claim. He wasn't past his probationary period and wasn't eligible for benefits. But, Seats made an exception for Mentch. He is scheduled for an initial appearance in Sauk County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Court records do not list a defense attorney.


Information from: WISC-TV,

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