New England bartender pleads not guilty to taking $ raised for alleged fake cancer treatments
The Maine bartender who was accused of faking a cancer illness pleaded not guilty to her felony theft charge this week.
Authorities accused 25-year-old Naples resident Hillary McLellan of taking $10,500 raised to pay for her cancer-related expenses.
The Portland Press Herald reported that McLellan, a bartender at the Depot Street Tap House in Bridgeton, entered the plea Tuesday.
Earlier reports say that friends believe she faked illness for attention, not money. They became suspicious when she showed no side effects of radiation and chemotherapy for what she claimed was breast cancer diagnosed in 2015.