Nurse accused of faking cancer for cash due in Delaware County Court

Photo Tawni Fuller, charged with fraud, theft and forgery for faking cancer and taking coworkers' donations of cash, gift cards and sick time. (Courtesy: Viewer)

A former Ohio State University nurse anesthetist plead not guilty to felony charges of fraud, forgery, and theft Friday morning.

Tawni Fuller, 33 is accused of faking lung cancer. Prosecutors say she got donations of cash, gift cards, and more after lying about having lung cancer in 2016. They say she took tens-of-thousands fo dollars in sick pay when she works as a nurse anesthetist at OSU's Wexner Medical Center two years ago.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said the lengths Fuller went to were incredible.

"She wore a cancer cap to make it look like she didn't have hair. She wore band-aids on her neck to make it look like she had a port," O'Brien said.

According to records, Fuller has already admitted to falsifying her medical condition to the Ohio Board of Nursing, blaming her actions on "depression." ABC 6/FOX 28 attempted to speak with Fuller at her Galena home in June, but no one answered the door. Today after court, she refused to talk to us.

"What is the most heartbreaking is the damage she has done to victims of cancer," said O'Brien last month after a grand jury indicted Fuller.

Fuller has resigned from her position at the Wexner Medical Center in lieu of being fired, according to a university spokesman.Right now Fuller is working for Anesthesia Services Group. She still has her license. The nursing board allowed her to keep her license, but if she's convicted of felony charges, then she could lose that license.

Her trial is set for October.

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