Cary woman accused of setting up bogus fundraiser

  • Tonya Carter

    Tonya Carter

Updated 11/14/2022 11:35 PM

A 43-year-old Cary woman is accused of setting up a fake GoFundMe account, raising $1,320 for a friend she falsely claimed had cancer, according to an indictment filed in the McHenry County.

Tonya L. Carter, of the 2200 block of Grove Lane, is charged with computer fraud and deceptive practices.


Authorities allege that from on or about Oct. 12, 2020, through about Nov. 24, 2020, Carter used the GoFundMe fundraising website "for the purpose of creating and executing a fraudulent fundraising scheme," according to the indictment.

The money was being raised for cancer treatments even though Carter knew the friend "did not have a cancer diagnosis," the indictment states.

The friend was not charged.

In a separate charge, Carter also is accused of delivering a check to the owner of Master Tech HVAC in Fox River Grove of $7,200 on Nov. 4, 2021, drawn "on a closed bank account" in an attempt to defraud the business, according to the indictment.

Carter is due next in court for a status hearing Dec. 16.

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