PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman who pretended to have cancer in order to raise money for breast implants has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years' probation.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says 27-year-old Jami Lynn Toler was sentenced Wednesday.
Police reports show Toler told her former boss she needed a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction and was uninsured. She also told the same story to her mother and grandparents.
"I am so sorry for violating the trust of those who cared for me," said Toler during her sentencing. "I am so sorry for what I did."
Authorities say Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning last September.
Medical records obtained by Mesa police show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash.
""She pretended to have breast cancer and she did not," said prosecutor Thomas Marquoit. "She took money knowingly from these folks who were just trying to help someone they believed had a debilitating disease. That's terrible."
Commissioner Brian Kaiser ordered Toler's jail term to begin immediately and also ordered her to pay restitution.
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