Prosecutor: Woman Falsely Claimed Cancer To Scam Relatives

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (September 27, 2012)--A New Jersey woman scammed relatives and others out of cash, meals and even a wedding by falsely claiming she had bladder cancer, prosecutors say.

The Burlington County prosecutor has charged Lori Stilley, 40, of Delran, N.J. with theft by deception.

Officials say in February 2011, Stilley told those close to her and posted on Facebook that she had been diagnosed with the cancer and then in April she said her condition had worsened.

Authorities say supporters raised more than $10,000 after she said she didn't have medical insurance.

Family and friends also organized and paid for her wedding and delivered meals.

Supporters became suspicious in November 2011 when she posted news that she was feeling better and believed a miracle was coming.

Prosecutor Robert Bernardi calls the scam "extremely cruel."

Stilley is free on $25,000 bond.


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