Baby funeral scam strikes again

October 21, 2011 

A woman facing trial in Modesto after authorities say she collected money for the funeral of a baby that didn't exist has been arrested a second time.

Chasity Marie Doll, 20, was arrested Monday with three other people in Fontana, near San Bernardino in Southern California.

Police arrested Doll along with Heather Nichols, 21, and Catherine Cecil Mendez, 23, both of Beaumont; and Jamari Eugene Carter, 26, of Highland, police said.

The scam netted up to $1,400 per day, authorities said.

Doll and Tiffany Lyon, 27, of Modesto, were arrested in Modesto in June after standing on a street near Vintage Faire Mall, holding up a sign with a photograph of a baby they claimed had died and collecting money to pay for a funeral.

Passers-by in San Marcos saw women matching their description collecting money in August.

And authorities said in court that the pair is suspected of operating the same scam in Arizona.

Photographs of the sign in the Press-Enterprise newspaper are nearly identical to signs used in Modesto and San Marcos, in San Diego County.

Doll and Lyons are scheduled to return to Stanislaus County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing Dec. 9.

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