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Mishawaka firefighter targeted coworkers in cancer scam

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May 09–Authorities say a Mishawaka firefighter scammed police officers and fellow firefighters out of money by falsely claiming he had cancer and needed help paying for treatments.

Sam R. Young, 50, is charged with two counts of theft. He was arrested Sunday and released on bond, according to St. Joseph County Jail Records.

According to court documents, Young approached police officers and firefighters on multiple occasions and asked for money, sometimes as much as $1,000. After promising to pay the money back, he either wrote bad checks or kept delaying the repayment, prosecutors alleged.

The theft charges resulted from two separate cases — one dating to October and the other to March — but Young admitted that he lied to more people about having cancer, and police are investigating those cases, according to prosecutors.

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