Jami Lynn Toler wanted breast implants, but couldn't afford them. So she did what anyone in her shoes would do: She told everyone she had cancer, accepted donations for treatment, and then used the money for a breast enlargement.
Toler, 27, was originally charged with theft and fraud, but accepted a plea deal last month, pleading guilty to theft. On Wednesday, Toler was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation, AZfamily.com reports.
In May, Toler told her friends, family, and co-workers that she needed a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, but didn't have insurance to cover it. She organized fundraisers and created a funding website called JamisHope to collect donations.
At one point, Toler even refused a doctor's offer to treat her cancer for free, investigators said. She was able to raise more than $8,300 from people who thought they were helping out with her cancer treatment. In November, Toler used the money for breast-enhancement surgery.
A suspicious co-worker eventually called police. Mesa police obtained medical records detailing how Toler had actually spent the money. Now, Toler will be spending the next year in jail and the next three years on probation.
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.
Fortunately, Jami Lynn Toler's 17 scam victims won't be walking away empty-handed. In addition to a year in jail, Toler will also have to pay up to $20,000 in restitution. Restitution is paid to the victims of a crime to compensate them for the injuries they suffered as a result of the defendant's crime.
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