Lori Stilley, 40, Accused of Facebook Cancer Scam for Wedding costs and cash
Can you freaking imagine? Be careful out there.
When Lori Stilley told her friends and family that she had bladder cancer, they delivered meals, held raffles and a T-shirt sale, hastily planned and paid for her wedding and raised more than $10,000 for her treatment.
But prosecutors say it was all a scam.
Stilley, a 40-year-old who lives in Delran, N.J., was charged Wednesday with theft by deception, charges her lawyer denies.
Authorities say she told family and friends in February 2011 that she had stage 3 bladder cancer and would need chemotherapy and radiation. Two months later, she told them — and posted on her Facebook page and personal website — that it was now stage 4, which means the cancer was spreading to other parts of her body.
Her friends and supporters pitched in the way people often do for sick loved ones: making a schedule of meal deliveries and — when she said she didn’t have medical insurance — raising money.
Stilley even wrote an e-book about her experience. They say “I’mpossible: How A Facebook Group Loved Me Through Bladder Cancer,” selling for $14.99 a copy, raised more than $3,000. Cancer Scam for Wedding, Cash – ABC News.