Woman once praised for battle with illness revealed to have never been sick: Part 4 Video

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Reporter: Gypsy Blanchard is caught in a web of secrets and lies. Even her age is in dispute. My medical insurance has 23. Okay, so how old, actually, are you? 19. Me and my mother are hurricane Katrina survivors, and my birth certificate was washed away in Katrina and unfortunately they messed up the paperwork. Reporter: She’s behind bars and charged with murdering her mother. 48-year-old Dee Dee Blanchard. Known to the community as a lovely caregiver for a sickly gypsy. How did you go from this to this? I only see as a fall from grace. I thought, back then, that I was a good person. And now I just see it as that was a fraud and I made a horrible mistake. Reporter: A horrible mistake, because it turns out that little pink house, on hope & volunteer way, was actually the nerve center from which the so-called doting mother perpetrated an elaborate scam. Preying on the sympathies of countless good samaritans. We have unearthed the appearance of a long financial fraud scheme, along with this tragic event. Reporter: Celebrities, charities, even cartoon characters, all conned. I was disappointed that I had been duped. And that’s why I caution anyone not to put money into their accounts until we kind of figure out the extent of their deception. What medical conditions did you believe you suffered from? Leukemia, asthma, both vision and hearing impaired, muscular dystrophy and seizures. Did you always know you could walk if you wanted to? Yes. She told you, you had to stay in a wheelchair when you could walk? How did she convince you to do that? I was so young. So, me looking up to her so much and just believing she knows best. I didn’t question it. Did you believe you were sick? There are certain illness that I knew I didn’t have. I knew that I didn’t need the feeding tube. I knew that I could eat and I knew that I could walk. But I did believe my mother when she said that I had leukemia. Tell me about Dee Dee. What kind of mom was she? Very protective. You think she protected you? No. Not in — in certain ways yes, in other ways no. I think that she was very sick in her mind. For a long time I believe, like, we were like best friends, and when I was younger she was my best friend. She was your only friend. Yes, other than my stuffed animals. And so I thought that she was a great mother. No complaints, we got along so perfect. You know, I saw her as an angel…

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