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Mom fakes daughter's death to collect money

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Lying is bad enough, but 24-year-old Jessica Banks of south Memphis is accused of doing much more than that.
Banks has been accused of fabricating a story about her 22-month-old daughter's death to collect money and sympathy. She told co-workers her daughter died from an asthma attack.

She was charged with creating false impression of death, and stealing property after two of her New Breed Logistics co-workers told police.

Banks went so far as collecting $410 from her co-workers, a court affidavit revealed.

"That's the first time I ever heard anything like that," said William Catron, neighbor.

Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, Banks created an obituary program which set a date for her daughter's funeral service at a church. When friends and co-workers arrived for the service, they learned it didn't exist.

In fact, Banks didn't fess up to her co-workers. They found out through her family members that her daughter never died.

"Why would anybody do something like that?,? Catron said. "why would you do something like that?"

Banks told police she lied to her co-workers because she wanted attention, money to buy clothes for her daughter, and someone to feel sorry for her. 

But now, it's her daughter people likely feel sorry for the most.

She ended up getting additional media attention for her actions.


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