Alleged GoFundMe Fraud, Fake Cancer

Ohio Woman Accused of Stolen Valor, Faking Cancer, and GoFundMe Fraud

JD Riley

Bazinga! I guess if you’re going to rip people off, you might as well rip them off all the way. That is exactly what this Ohio woman is accused of.

The Mansfield News Journal reports:

A Mansfield woman says she is innocent of federal charges alleging she set up a GoFundMe page claiming to be a highly decorated Marine veteran needing money for breast cancer treatments, despite the fact she was never sick and never served in the military.

Joyell “J.D.” Riley, 41, of Mansfield, was indicted Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division on federal wire fraud charges.

The wire fraud charge is an interesting one, as prosecutors allege people from Michigan, Texas, and California sent money to Riley through her GoFundMe page. Without specific laws against fraudulent crowdfunding on the books in states around the country, prosecutors have to go with what they can stick on accused fraudsters; which, in this case, was wire fraud.

Riley is the founder of Mission Possible, a non-profit dedicated to feeding homeless veterans. I mean, that’s noble and all but doesn’t mean she’s incapable of a little GoFundMe fuckery.

She says the claims against her are “inaccurate.” This is a developing story and we’ll update when we’ve got more to pass along.


  1. Paige Lovelace

    I live near mansfield and this is a big story here! I am so glad she was caught! She made a big deal of helping the homeless and she was nothing but a fraud and a liar!

    • gofraudme

      So wait… her homeless charity was all a scam too? That’s crazy, why do people do this crap and think they won’t get called out for it??

  2. Ashley Stamper

    Her charity is not a scam and the indictment does not mean it’s true. When the truth is out, in court, I hope you apologize personally and volunteer to help Mission Possible.

  3. Crystal

    I went to school with her….She is a good person!!! I hope this works out…

    • gofraudme

      Hey Crystal,

      I didn’t approve your other comment with just your email address, I wasn’t sure if that was a mistake or what. If you meant to share that with Ashley publicly, let me know and I’ll approve it.

  4. Crystal

    Don’t be so quick 2 JUDGE!!

  5. Sam

    I don’t think any of you know her at all with these ridiculous comments. Please read up what has already came out and keep your comments to yourselves. I grew up with her and know her family very well.

  6. Cathy

    Let the courts decide. Leave the families out of it.

  7. Kat

    Can she be charged under the Stolen Valor act? If she falsely alleged military decoration for monetary gain, they should be able to get her with that. Her charity is great, but being the granddaughter of a not made-up-for-profit soldier who died of not made-up-for-profit cancer, I don’t see how anyone could defend a person for something so morally reprehensible as to lie about both of those things for monetary gain. If she is found guilty, I hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No matter what she has done for veterans, she has disgraced any and every person who has ever fought for this country with her actions.

  8. Kat

    That’s just shameful. Especially when you consider what other similar Stolen Valor frauds have done with false DD-214 documents. Truthfully, no legal consequence she faces (and I hope she faces many) will compare to a community who trusted and believed in her and the brave veterans who had faith in her good will knowing that she is a fraud.

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