N.J. woman accused of cancer scam for wedding, cash

The Associated press

Published: September 27, 2012 12:56PM
Updated: September 27, 2012 09:13PM
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This image provided by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office shows Lori Stilley, 40, of Delran, N.J., who is accused of accepting money from fundraisers after falsely claiming she had bladder cancer. Authorities say supporters raised more than $10,000 after she said she didn't have medical insurance. Prosecutor Robert Bernardi calls the scam "extremely cruel." Stilley is free on $25,000 bail. (AP Photo/Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)

Mount Holly, N.J. • Authorities say a New Jersey woman scammed relatives and others out of cash, meals and even a wedding by falsely claiming she had bladder cancer.

The Burlington County prosecutor has charged 40-year-old Lori Stilley of Delran with theft by deception.

Officials say in February 2011, Stilley told those close to her and posted on Facebook that she had been diagnosed with cancer. In April, she said her condition had worsened.

Authorities say supporters raised more than $10,000.

Supporters became suspicious in November 2011 when she posted that she was feeling better and believed a miracle was coming.

Her lawyer, Adam Malamut, tells the Burlington County Times that authorities have not presented him with any evidence that Stilley did anything wrong.

Stilley is free on $25,000 bail.