Man charged with faking cancer now faces drug charges

June 04, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man accused of faking having terminal cancer after a benefit for him raised more than $4,200 now faces charges of distributing prescription drugs, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Steven Lee Mohn, 38, of 233 Opal Court was arraigned Friday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

On Friday, a confidential informant purchased $870 in Oxycodone and Xanax pills from Mohn at the ROCS convenience store on W.Va. 45 just east of Martinsburg, according to court documents.

After the drug deal, West Virginia State Police troopers found 11 Xanax pills and $3,978 in Mohn’s possession, according to court documents.

Police said the informant met with members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force before calling Mohn and arranging to purchase 30, 30-milligram Oxycodone pills and 40, 1-milligram Xanax pills, according to court documents.

Mohn’s arrest came less than two weeks after he was arraigned on one count of false pretenses stemming from alleged fraudulent claims of having cancer.

Witnesses told police that Mohn claimed earlier this year to only have 12 to 18 months to live after developing cancer in lymph nodes in his pelvis, chest and neck. He also claimed that the disease progressed to stage III and metastasized to his lungs and kidneys, according to court documents.

The benefit to raise money for Mohn, a poker run featuring live music, free food, games, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, raised $4,260 in contributions, according to court records.

Mohn’s alleged fabrication was uncovered after a member of Crossbonz Band, which agreed to perform for the cancer benefit, asked Mohn to provide him with a diagnostic letter from the hospital regarding his illness for tax purposes, according to court documents.

The event was held May 6 at Shipwrecked Bar & Grill near Martinsburg, according to the business’ website.

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