I was scammed out of over $15,000 by Jerrick Johnson, someone I considered a close friend of 6 years. I am one of the most caring people you will ever meet. He knew this and took full advantage. In 2014, he stated he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and could not work. He said he was going through radiation and chemotherapy. He indicated he applied for disability but was denied. His children’s mother also broke up with him in 2014 and he became homeless. I agreed to help him financially if he re-paid me once he was able to work again. He agreed to repay me. He claimed he had numerous surgeries for his cancer at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Illinois and that the cancer became terminal. I was devastated. All I could think about was his 4 children growing up without their father. In the summer of 2014, Jerrick said he beat the cancer using cannabis oil.
At the end of 2015, Jerrick said he was diagnosed with genetic colon cancer, which he also claimed was terminal. He also claimed his testicular cancer had returned. It had been once crisis after another with Jerrick and he has claimed numerous family members have died throughout different periods of time, as well as a childhood friend of his dying from a terminal lung cancer and that he needed money to travel to attend their funerals. Jerrick had told me he was adopted and during the years I have known him both his adoptive and biological mother supposedly passed away. I found out via his children’s mother that Jerrick’s mother is alive and well, which I also confirmed this with a coworker who grew up with Jerrick.
I added $3,000 onto my personal loan in 2014 because Jerrick needed a vehicle for work. He said he applied for a Job Access Loan through Ross Industries W2 site which he was going to use to repay me. Jerrick told me he was approved for the loan, but Ross Industries never paid him the money and that he was working with a lawyer who was suing Ross Industries due to this. That turned out to be a lie. In the summer of 2014, I loaned him $900 for a deposit on a new rental property for him, his girlfriend, and his children because he claimed that their current landlord wasn’t paying his mortgage and the home was being foreclosed on and they had 30 days to move. This was during the time he still was allegedly not cleared to work by his Oncologist. I also loaned Jerrick $600 for child support enforcement in 2015, as they allegedly were going to take him to jail if he didn’t pay. Jerrick also managed to get $800 out of a friend of mine and even had numerous donations sent to him and his family from her sister’s church.
I went and spoke with his children’s mother, who stated that having known Jerrick since he was 18 years old, throughout his entire life Jerrick has been a pathological liar and that he has made up various forms of illnesses in the past to get money out of people. She stated Jerrick has been this way his entire life and this is the way his mother raised him, to “lie to get what you can out of people.” When I confronted him about this he claimed that she was lying and that he did indeed have cancer but it had improved due to cannabis oil.
It was at that point when Jerrick admitted none of these things were true and after I spoke with his children’s mother that I found out he was a pathological liar, user, and manipulator. He also gave away the vehicle that I paid for with a loan to his children’s mother because he refused to fix her vehicle for her. I sued Jerrick in small claims court for the maximum amount, $10,000, and was awarded a $10,000 judgement on 9/6/16.
Jerrick promptly filed bankruptcy and wiped away all his debt. He even lied on his filing forms stating that all 4 of his children live with him and his new wife so that their family size would be larger to meet Chapter 7 requirements. He also said he wasn’t working, which he was.
During the last conversation we had the day before bankruptcy court, Jerrick finally admitted he never had any form of cancer. Jerrick has ruined my credit and I am left with thousands of dollars of debt (over $15,000), attributed to him. He used a fake terminal illness to scam people and churches out of money and donations.
I tried working with my local police department, but the DA’s office refused to file charges because they didn’t think they could prove that I wouldn’t have loaned him money if he didn’t tell me he had cancer…! Which I would never loan anyone this amount of money unless they had a terminal illness.
100% of the money donated will be used to pay all the loans and bills I have due to Jerrick. I am currently working 3 jobs to try to pay back the money. I should have filed bankruptcy myself but I refuse to allow someone else to ruin my credit for 7 years.
This is a very personal story for me and it was difficult to put everything out there, but at this point I will not be receiving any of my money back and I really need assistance. I’ve always been told I will be blessed for the things I have done for others. I hope that becomes true some day.
Thank you for reading!