Updated May 4, 2012 - 3:46 pm
Phoenix woman faked cancer to pay for breast implants
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman has been charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had cancer and needed treatment so she could get money from them to buy breast implants.
Police reports filed in Maricopa County Superior Court said Jami Lynn Toler, 27, told her former boss she needed a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction and was uninsured. She also told the tale to her mother and grandparents.
"Unfortunately, Ms. Toler really did not have breast cancer which was discovered later and she apparently used that money for a breast augmentation surgery," said Mesa Police Detective Steve Berry.
Authorities said Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning in September.
"Several people became suspicious and ultimately someone from one of the organizations who she had been working with to raise money brought the information forward and consulted with a physician," said Berry of how authorities learned of Toler's alleged crime.
Medical records obtained by Mesa police show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash.
Toler was arrested Wednesday and released on electronic monitoring Thursday after a brief initial court appearance.
A telephone message left for Toler by The Associated Press on Friday wasn't immediately returned.