A 27-year-old woman in Phoenix wanted to get breast implants that she could not afford, so she decided on a plan to fake cancer in order to raise $8k in donations to get the cosmetic procedure done.
Jami Lynn Toler is facing charges of fraud and theft after being arrested last Wednesday when her scam of trying to raise and receive charitable funds under false pretenses was discovered.
According to the AP, Toler had told her boss at the time that she required a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction immediately after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
According to the police report Toler, who was uninsured, told her boss that she could not afford the surgery and needed money.
The sympathetic boss along with Toler’s co-workers ended up raising more than $8,000 from donors last September, with which Toler got the breast implants with.
“They were just well-intentioned people standing by in support of an individual who needed it,” Carmen Klemis, Toler’s boss said of the donors, to KTVK-TV.
Suspicions were raised of Toler’s story when a doctor, who heard of her supposed plight, offered to treat her cancer for free, but Toler gave questionable reasons why she could not accept his offer.
Her denial to the doctor raised alarms with Klemis who asked police to investigate the claim.
After a search of medical records showed Toler did not suffer from cancer, she was arrested.
On Thursday, she was released with an electronic monitoring device after an initial court appearance.