Springfield man pleads not guilty in faking cancer

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Springfield man accused of faking cancer to collect donations pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court.

The charges against 28-year-old Charles Werner Embleton were added in a recent grand jury indictment. He was originally charged last fall with theft by deception.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/pdoa84 ) his lawyer asked for a March 14 court date for a possible settlement conference.

Springfield police began investigating Embleton in May when a pizza company reported suspicions about $1,700 in proceeds from a fundraising night at a restaurant.

Police got a court order for his medical records, which failed to confirm a cancer diagnosis.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com