A former local nursing home worker is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly scamming dozens of people out of more than $20,000 because they were led to believe she had breast cancer. Instead, police said she used the money to get breast augmentations.
Rain Leshay Bowland, 24, now lives in Jacksboro and, according to her social media, is working for a nursing home there. The Index reached out to her for comment but as of Monday afternoon had not received a reply.
More than 60 people were taken in the fake breast cancer scam, Mineral Wells police claim in a complaint filed with the Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace. Judge Tisha Sanchez issued an arrest warrant Dec. 2 charging Bowland, the mother of three, with theft over $2,500-$30,000. The charge is a state jail felony, which carries possible punishment upon conviction of 180 days to two years confinement.
According to the complaint, Bowland previously worked for Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehab. Police were called there in June because Bowland "told everyone she had breast cancer." Police said she ultimately received $21,740 cash – $1,740 from the sale of T-shirts that read, "Her fight is our fight," and $20,000 from a local business owner.
That business owner was contacted by the Index, who declined to comment on the record.
The complaint says Bowland's co-workers and a nursing home patient were also victims of the alleged scam.
"Rain never had cancer and deceived everyone in order to obtain the money to get breast augmentation," states the police complaint against Bowland.
According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,824.
Bowland reportedly was expected to turn herself in to authorities late last week, but as of Monday neither Palo Pinto County nor Jack County jails show her being processed through their facilities in the past week.
Bowland has DWI charges pending in Palo Pinto and Jack counties. She was arrested in May in Palo Pinto County for driving while intoxicated with open container of alcohol and released after posting $1,500 bond.