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Amanda is a wife. A mother. A blogger. A Christian.

A charming, beautiful, bubbly, young woman who lives life to the fullest.

But Amanda is dying, with a secret she doesn’t want anyone to know.

She starts a blog detailing her cancer journey, and becomes an inspiration, touching and captivating her local community as well as followers all over the world. 

Until one day investigative producer Nancy gets an anonymous tip telling her to look at Amanda’s blog, setting Nancy on an unimaginable road to uncover Amanda’s secret. 

Award winning journalist Charlie Webster explores this unbelievable and bizarre, but all-too-real tale, of a woman from San Jose, California whose secret ripped a family apart and left a community in shock.  

Scamanda is the true story of a woman whose own words held the key to her secret. 

Follow Scamanda on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen.

Amanda’s blog posts are read by actor Kendall Horn.

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Meet Scamanda

Meet Scamanda

2023-04-2603:2733

Amanda is a wife. A mother. A blogger. A Christian. A charming, beautiful, bubbly, young woman who lives life to the fullest. But Amanda is dying, with a secret she doesn’t want anyone to know. She starts a blog detailing her cancer journey, and becomes an inspiration, touching and captivating her local community as well as followers all over the world.  Until one day investigative producer Nancy gets an anonymous tip telling her to look at Amanda’s blog, setting Nancy on an unimaginable road to uncover Amanda’s secret.  Award winning journalist Charlie Webster explores this unbelievable and bizarre, but all-too-real tale, of a woman from San Jose, California whose secret ripped a family apart and left a community in shock.   Scamanda is the true story of a woman whose own words held the key to her secret.  New episodes every Monday. Follow Scamanda on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet Amanda. Her world is about to be shattered by some life-changing news during the birth of her first child. She’s dying. Or at least, that’s what she tells the world in her brand new blog.  Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amanda’s good news doesn’t last long. Her mother, Peggy, the ‘Roaring Goddess,' posts a guest blog to keep Amanda’s followers updated. Her family launches a donation website for #TeamAmanda to donate directly to the cause. The custody battle rages on. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Despite everything, Amanda falls pregnant with her second child - the miracle baby. Amanda’s rockstar status is cemented at church, but not before getting the most devastating news yet - her cancer has progressed to Stage Four. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amanda’s journey with cancer is like a rollercoaster that never ends. Her friend Lindsey explains that it was a constant back and forth of terminal, miracle, terminal, miracle. Nancy continues looking into whether Amanda is really faking it all. Amanda drops a bombshell on her friends Lisa and Steve. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Convinced Amanda is lying about her cancer, Nancy enlists the support of San Jose Detective Jose Martinez. Amanda’s birthday brings a massive rally of support, including a #TeamAmanda video that gets the attention of thousands, set to the tune of Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amanda lands a new job as a middle school teacher. But while #TeamAmanda continues to grow in popularity, there’s an ever-growing Team Nancy. Detective Martinez and Nancy team up and bring the IRS into the fold, launching a federal investigation into Amanda.  Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amanda moves to Gilroy for a huge promotion - to Principal of a local Christian School. Nancy is still making trouble for her. In an attempt to get Nancy off her back, Amanda takes Nancy to court to get a restraining order against her. An explosive piece of evidence is submitted to the court. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 8 — Finale: Indicted

Chapter 8 — Finale: Indicted

2023-06-2601:26:3159

Nancy’s eight year long obsession culminates in the indictment of Amanda C. Riley for wire fraud. It sends a shockwave through the local community. Amanda reads a statement to the court, and the judge gives her verdict. The Amanda C. Riley case is the only one of its kind in IRS history. Amanda is currently serving the longest federal prison sentence in history for soliciting donations for faking cancer.  Thanks so much for listening to Scamanda. This might be the official end to the series, but we're not quite finished yet. Stay tuned for some very interesting bonus content, and a few surprises, that will start dropping in your feed on Wednesdays and Mondays, starting June 28th and continuing for the next two weeks. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The world now knows about Amanda Riley and what she did. Charlie sits down with Nancy, the person whose dogged pursuit of Amanda is the reason she’s in prison, to take a peek behind the curtain and delve even further. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If there’s one thing people have been talking about non-stop, it’s the blogs and exactly how Amanda was able to pull this off. And where exactly are these blogs? Charlie and Nancy work through the extreme detail and the lengths Amanda went to, not just in the blog but also on the stand in court to stop Nancy.  Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hear from two people who knew Amanda years ago - before the blog, before Lisa and Steve - back when she was a college student and Resident Advisor. What was she like during her time at San Jose State? And what exactly was she doing? Be prepared!  Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Before she was indicted, Amanda became the Principal of Pacific Point Elementary School. How did she become a Principal, and what was she like to work with? Find out from an anonymous guest who in the end had to leave her teaching career. Scamanda is a Lionsgate Sound podcast: http://lionsgatesound.com Hosted by Charlie Webster. Listen to another Lionsgate Sound podcast hosted by Charlie Webster, Died & Survived: https://link.chtbl.com/diedandsurvived?sid=sc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hey Scamanda listeners! We wanted to let you know about the return of Lionsgate Sound's Surviving El Chapo: The Twins Who Brought Down A Drug Lord. It follows the story of the Flores twins, who after becoming El Chapo's right hand men, turned themselves over to the US authorities and cooperated against El Chapo to bring him down. Season 2 begins as they are taken into US custody and have to adjust to prison life before testifying in court against the world's most notorious drug lord. And there's a massive bombshell as the twins' wives now find themselves going to prison because of what they did. We'd love for you to check it out, you can find it here: https://link.chtbl.com/survivingelchapo?sid=scamanda Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this special bonus conversation, Charlie Webster sits down with Crime Story host Kathleen Goldhar to discuss why she believes Amanda was not only able to lie about having cancer, but steal from those closest to her. It's a fascinating conversation you don't want to miss that offers new insights and updates on the case. You can listen to more incredible tales of true crime every week on Crime Story. Find more Crime Story episodes in your podcast app, or here: https://link.chtbl.com/ElKMSt6q Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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anyone else end up here because the episodes on Spotify are shorter & glitching?

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Unbelievable how she talks about the "bad choices" she made, as if she wasn't actively conning people!

Apr 16th
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Mahasti believing everything the Riley's said seems so ludicrous - Amanda's going on and on in her blog about all of her family, friends and supporters yet there's no one else ever available to watch the baby but Mahasti?

Apr 15th
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I'm from Europe (Germany, with mandatory health insurance) and I wonder what happens to those who can't afford to pay for chemotherapy?

Apr 15th
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Jan 7th
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Getting herself into the ER for random things for photo ops was my guess, like in the episode where she claimed to have had fluid on her brain. That tiny round patch behind the ear from "draining the fluid" sounded a lot like the patch they gave me in the hospital for nausea and vomiting. Not sure what the medicine was called, but it's a tiny round flesh colored sticker that goes behind your ear. She probably just went in complaining of uncontrollable vomiting or something. 🙄

Dec 15th
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Dec 2nd
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Suey

Besides for the arrogance of lying about illness with cancer at all, but the arrogance of her piggy-backing off of this Miss Cindy person, who was actually sick....and syphoning funds away from a real cancer patient!? Amanda isn't sick with cancer, she's sick with bullshit and a personality disorder.

Nov 23rd
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JESSIE HANCOX

Great podcast! This is an unbelievable story. Amanda is a dedicated conartist, or one might say someone with Munchausen syndrome or something.

Nov 19th
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Miss.katonic

As angry as this whole podcast made me due to the abhorrent behavior of the scammer, I must say this bonus episode was heart wrenching! What a brave gal; I hope she finds a way to go back to teaching- pass some of that strength & resilience on to future generations.

Nov 6th
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Miss.katonic

As someone that currently has cancer, this selfish twat can go right to hell. What an absolutely disgusting, shameful thing to do. It's also scary how these ppl at her church just believed her utter horse 💩 & continued to literally throw money at her. Takes a special kind of sociopathic scumbag to prey on people's sense of charity.

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