Local Woman Who Faked Breast Cancer Jailed On New Charge

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A local woman convicted of pretending to have breast cancer in order to raise money for breast enhancement surgery was in jail Tuesday on a new charge, but authorities refused to say what it is.

Trista Lathern (Jail photo/file)

MARLIN (July 24, 2012)-- Trista Joy Lathern, 26, who served a year in state jail in 2010 after she pleaded guilty to theft in connection with a bogus claim of breast cancer, was in the Falls County Jail Tuesday.

A spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Lathern was in custody, but refused to provide information about the nature of the charge on which she’s held or her bond.

Lathern made national headlines in 2009 after she was charged in connection with a bogus benefit on Aug. 16, 2009 at Hog Creek Ice House outside of Waco, which raised about $10,000 for Lathern's breast cancer treatment, according to the affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant.

But Lathern didn't have cancer, although she went so far as to shave her head in order to look as if she did, the affidavit said.

"Trista said after the fundraiser she tried to bring attention to herself by having a breast augmentation performed hoping it would help mend her marriage,” the affidavit said.

Lathern's husband told investigators he didn't know she didn't have cancer until the day she spoke with the detective, the affidavit said.

She pleaded guilty in June 2010 to theft.

She was sentenced to 12 months in state jail and was ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution, which, the McLennan County District Clerk's Office says she has done.


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