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.
Jami Lynn Toler, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona was sentenced on Wednesday, after pleading guilty last month to a theft charge in a plea agreement. She had initially pleaded not guilty.
Authorities say Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning last September. Medical records show she didn’t have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash.
Court Commissioner Brian Kaiser also ordered Toler to pay restitution.
Police reports show Toler told her former boss at a hospice center she needed a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction but was uninsured. She told the same story to her mother and grandparents.
Toler’s defense team said she had feelings of self-loathing and disappointment and understood the extent of the damage caused by her crime.
‘I am so sorry for violating the trust placed in me and so sorry for what I did,’ Toler said at her sentencing, reported CBS5.
The prosecution described her actions as “appalling”. The court said probation would have been a typical sentence for this type of crime, but the deception by Toler was of ‘great concern’ and the jail time was an “appropriate” sentence.
Toler was initially arrested in May and released on electronic monitoring after a brief court appearance.
‘They were just well-intentioned people standing by in support of an individual who needed it,’ said Carmen Klemis, who runs the hospice where Toler used to work.
Toler’s story started to unravel when she turned down an offer from a doctor to treat her breast cancer for free and Klemis turned her in.