However, it was soon discovered that the whole thing was a cruel hoax. Alexander Jordan never existed, and a photo that had circulated of him was taken from a cancer web site of a sick (but alive) patient.
Local authorities seem puzzled by the apparent lack of motive, and because Augustenbourg did not explicitly request donations of money or services on behalf of Jordan or herself, the police are unlikely to charge her with any crime. Though many are outraged by her actions, the fact is that lying about having a disease isn't a crime.
Often cancer fakers do it for attention and sympathy, not because they are necessarily trying to scam people out of money. Some people really do have a disease, not cancer but a mental illness known as a factitious disorder. People with this disorder pretend to have an illness (usually a terminal one) and often go to great lengths to maintain the hoax.
Just as it's not illegal to lie about having a disease, it's not illegal to lie about military service, as the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year. Lying or exaggerating military service is fairly common, from claiming medals not earned to telling war stories or claiming to have been a part of elite military units such as the SEALs. In all these cases, the lies are legally protected speech. However if those fabrications are presented in order to steal money or get free services, that is illegal.