New Jersey Woman Charged with Fraud for Faking Cancer in Fundraising Scam
This is an update to the story you may or may not have heard about by this point. A Burlington County woman named Lori Stilley was arrested and charged with fabricating a story about having bladder cancer and then raising 15k in donations for treatment.
The money was raised through sales of a t-shirt bearing the phrase ‘Team Lori’, fundraiser events, and the sale of an e-book that she wrote, titled Impossible: How a Facebook Group Loved Me Through Bladder Cancer.
What are the penalties related to the criminal charges related to fraud?
In this instance, the woman would be charged with theft by deception, a violation of NJ statute 2C:20-4. Theft by deception under New Jersey State Law is described as ”
Creating or reinforcing a false impression, including false impressions as to law, value, intention or other state of mind, and including, but not limited to, a false impression that the person is soliciting or collecting funds for a charitable purpose; but deception as to a person’s intention to perform a promise shall not be inferred from the fact alone that he did not subsequently perform the promise;
If you have been charged with fraud in New Jersey
If you have been charged with fraud in any of the townships in Burlington County, including Mt. Holly, Mt. Laurel, Southampton, or anywhere else in Southern New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Joseph Lombardo today. Mr. Lombardo, a former Municipal Prosecutor, has been representing individuals charged with crimes in New Jersey since 1993. He will step in to ensure that your rights are protected, you do not do anything to incriminate yourself, and that the circumstances and evidence involved in your arrested and investigation are valid. He will work to have the charges against you reduced or dropped, while preparing your case for trial, if it is necessary. Call to schedule a free, initial consultation today.