Woman Fakes Cancer To Get Breast Implants

PHOENIX (May 4, 2012)--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 say Jamie Lynn Toler, 27, told her former boss she needed a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction and said she was uninsured.

She also told the tale to her mother and grandparents.

Authorities say Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning in September.

Medical records obtained by Mesa police, however, showed 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.

In June 2010, a Central Texas woman, Trista Joy Lathern, who was charged with theft after she claimed she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and then took thousands of dollars raised at a benefit and spent it on breast augmentation surgery, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in a state jail.

She was also ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution.

Lathern made national headlines last year after she was charged in the 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, who lives in the Robinson area, 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.

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