MERRILL - A Merrill man will face charges in connection to his daughter’s false cancer claim.
Police believe 57-year-old Edmund Winchell took advantage of businesses by asking for donations and putting out collection containers at their stores.
His daughter 19-year-old Celina Winchell posted statuses on Facebook late last year saying she had cancer.
A pizzeria employee in Wausau saw the post and offered to put a donation jar at the store. The problem is Winchell never had cancer. She faces two charges in Marathon County.
Her father Edmund Winchell now faces 18 charges including obstructing an officer and false representation.
The criminal complaint shows the family was having financial problems.
Edmund Winchell will be back in court in May.