November 8, 2012
The wife of Curtis Martineau says her husband is not a monster.
Martineau was charged Thursday with one count of theft by deception.
The sheriff says Martineau told everyone his wife was dying of cancer. It was a story that turned out to be a lie.
Katherine Martineau says she did have cancer. She was diagnosed six years ago, but she wasn't diagnosed as terminal. She also says she had no idea what her husband was telling people of Harper County. As far as being dead, well, she says that news shocked her.
We found Katherine Martineau at her home in Winfield, miles away from Anthony and Harper County. She answered the door holding a baby.
"People need to respect our privacy," Katherine Martineau said. "They need to know what really happened."
Martineau's husband Curtis is behind bars in Harper County, accused of deceiving the entire community. The couple moved to Winfield this year from Utah. Curtis Martineau worked for a Harper County oil company.
"He needed time off and the work wouldn't give him the time off," said Harper County Sheriff Tracy Chance. "He came up with the story that his wife had cancer."
Local churches and residents put together several fundraisers for the family. Only to find out shortly before the benefit auction, Katherine and her unborn child had died.
"We were helping him out before, and that was based on fraud," said Anthony Business Owner Brander Gerber.
Katherine claims she knew nothing about her husband's stories.
"It was a shock because I did not know what was really going on," said Katherine Martineau.
She says she was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, but it's not terminal. When her husband came home with the $17,000 in fundraising money, she said she didn't want Harper County's sympathy.
"People start to twist things and blame everything on my husband and that is a bull, " said Katherine Martineau.
Katherine Martineau defends her husband, saying he is not an angel, but he is a good man.
"My husband is not a monster, he is not a bad person," she said.
Martineau says the couple spent the money on moving expenses and bills. She also says if she has to, she will go to Harper County and personally apologize to everyone for what happened. Her husband's scheduled to be back in court Tuesday.