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MESA, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) — A woman has been accused of faking breast cancer to raise money to get implants.
Jami Toler, 27, appeared in a Maricopa County court Thursday on felony fraud and theft charges after allegedly bilking people out of more than $8,000 to get breast implants. She was arrested Wednesday.
KPHO-TV reports that Toler scammed at least 17 people, including family, friends and co-workers.
Toler initially told people that she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer last August and said she needed a mastectomy. Toler’s mom, Vickie Schirtzinger, even created a “Jami’s Hope” page on the Give Forward website to help raise money for her daughter’s medical expenses.
“The doctor states that Jami needs a mastectomy,” the fundraising website said. “The doctor is helping as much as he can but the cost is still very expensive. Jami has no insurance and is needing help with the medical expenses.”
Police told Arizona Family that Toler’s scam began to unravel after she turned down an offer from a doctor who would have treated the breast cancer for free.
“Her medical records indicated that there was no breast cancer or anything like that, no issues what so ever,” Sgt. Anthony Landato of the Mesa Police Department told Arizona Family.
Toler got the breast implants in November, according to KPHO.
The judge ordered her to stay away from the 17 victims she allegedly scammed and was told she must wear an ankle bracelet.