Saturday, May 5, 2012

Free Double Mastectomy Turned Down

Police: Phoenix woman faked cancer to get breast implants

May 04 2012 

PHOENIX  — A Phoenix woman was charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had breast cancer and needed treatment so she could get money from them to buy breast implants.

Police reports filed in Maricopa County Superior Court say 27-year-old Jami Lynn Toler 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.

Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning in September, according to the report. Medical records obtained by Mesa police show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash.

"The donors were just well-intentioned people standing by in support of an individual who needed it," Carmen Klemis, who runs the hospice where Toler used to work, told KTVK-TV.

Toler's story started to unravel when her new breast implants were revealed and were misplaced to her back and lacked nipples. (see photo) She also turned down an offer from a doctor to treat her breast cancer for free and Klemis turned her in, Mesa police Sgt. Anthony Landato said.

Toler's friends said she was very displeased with her implants and was considering suing the doctor she met in a homeless shelter.

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