A Phoenix woman has been arrested on accusations that she lied about having breast cancer to collect thousands of dollars which she used to buy breast implants, AZfamily.com reports.
According to police, 27-year-old Jami Toler collected the money from family, friends, and co-workers, telling them it was for cancer treatment. Toler has been charged with felony fraud and theft.
Toler reportedly started a GiveForward webpage in order to collect donations for a double mastectomy. Toler wrote on the site that she has breast cancer, but no health insurance. Toler reportedly raised $8,000 through the site.
Toler's ruse fell apart when she declined a doctor's offer to treat her cancer for free. Carmen Klemis, one of Toler's co-workers at Hallmark Hospice, then notified the police. Mesa police arrested Toler at her work after looking into her medical history.
"Her medical records indicated that there was no breast cancer or anything like that, no issues what so ever," Mesa police Sgt. Anthony Landato said.
According to Mesa police, 17 people were victims of the alleged fraud, though Toler likely told many more people that she had cancer.
Under Arizona's criminal code, a person who obtains money, property, or services from another on the basis of a material misrepresentation has committed theft. Theft of property or services with a value of $4,000 to $25,000, as is the case with Toler, is a class 3 felony.
A Maricopa County judge has ordered Jami Toler to wear an ankle monitor while she awaits trial. Police didn't say whether Toler would be required to “return” the implants if convicted.