In an effort to raise funds for her breast augmentation surgery, a 27-year-old Arizona woman lied to her family, friends, and co-workers saying she had breast cancer and needed double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Jami Lynn Toler, who worked at a local hospice, has been charged with fraud and theft, police authorities said.
Toler’s former co-workers said she solicited money by making up stories and even crying in front of her boss to persuade them to give her “funds” for her cancer treatments and reconstructive breast surgery.
According to police reports, Toler’s boss helped her raised funds amounting to more than $8,000 since September. Meanwhile, one co-worker said “people were scammed simply because of their good intentions and sincerity to help the suspect.”
Aside from Toler’s friends and co-workers, she also deceived her mother and grandmother who also gave a portion of their savings to help the suspect.
Meanwhile, Toler’s co-workers and friends became suspicious when one doctor offered to treat her cancer for free but she declined. She also paid a cosmetic plastic surgery in cash, according to police reports.
When investigators checked Toler’s medical records, they found that she was not suffering from breast cancer.
This is not the first time a woman faked breast cancer to raise funds for her breast augmentation surgery. A few years ago, Trista Joy Lathern from Texas lied about having the disease and raised about $10,000.
To make her story believable, the suspect has even shaved her head to look like she was receiving chemotherapy.