OSU nurse accused of faking cancer pleads not guilty

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A former OSU nurse who claimed she had a terminal illness was arraigned in Delaware County Common Pleas Court today. 

According to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Tawni Fuller, 33, has been released on her own recognizance. A $5,000 O.R. bond was set, meaning she will only pay that amount if she does not appear for future court hearings.

According to court documents, Tawni Fuller, 33, was employed at OSU hospital as a nurse anesthetist in 2016. Throughout summer and spring of that year, she claimed to friends and coworkers she had terminal lung cancer. 

An investigation revealed that Fuller lied about being sick.

“Ms. Fuller took advantage of friends, coworkers, her community and employer – people who trusted and cared for her,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “If you’ve ever known someone who has fought cancer, it’s horrifying, and it’s hard to believe that someone would take advantage of the community in this way.”

Fuller is charged with telecommunications fraud, theft and five counts of forgery, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.

“It was big in the number of people that it affected. It affected a number of her friends and co-workers at OSU. It affected some of her family members,” said O’Brien. 

“Everyone’s actions have consequences. In this case she not only affects the people that she dealt with individually and that she tricked but also the people that want to give to a charitable organization or a family or a person supporting from cancer later on.”

As a condition of her bond, Fuller is prohibited from having any contact with victims or witnesses and is banned from OSU property.

A trial date has been set for October 9, 2018.

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