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Joaquin man arrested after allegedly stealing money from benefit for cancer patient

Source: Shelby County Sheriff Office Source: Shelby County Sheriff Office

Johnie Gamble, 33 of Joaquin, is facing child exploitation charges after law enforcement said he would not turn over money raised at a softball tournament for a local boy that was recently diagnosed with cancer.

According to a press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's office, Lt. Kevin Windham was contacted by the family of the child. The mother told Windham that there had recently been a softball tournament to raise money for her son that has cancer. The release stated the mother told Windham that the tournament raised an estimated $1,000 that was to be used for the family's medical expenses. The money was to be put into a GoFund Me account.

The release continued stating that Windham made contact with Gamble who told him that he was not going to come to the sheriff's office and give a statement. According to the release, Gamble told Windham that he had not given the family the money because he was going to put himself and his family before others.

Sheriff deputies arrested Gamble at his home in Joaquin on Tuesday. Gamble was also arrested for resisting arrest. SCSO Public Information Officer Leah Chase said the department did not want to go into details about the resisting arrest charge. Gamble was able to post bond on Wednesday afternoon.

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