Ashley Anne Kirilow : Woman Fakes Cancer in Charity Scam

Jerry Reth | August 7, 2010 | 1 Comment More

Ashley Anne Kirilow : Woman Fakes Cancer in Charity Scam – Ashley Anne Kirilow allegedly faked having cancer for a charity scam, and will not spend the weekend in jail. It has been alleged that she raised as much as $20,000 to fund her cancer treatment effort that actually did not exist. She will be taken to the Vanier Centre for Women, which is a prison in Milton, after she appeared via a video link at a Hamilton courtroom. She was arrested by Halton fraud investigators after she turned herself into the police station on Friday.
Police say that the arrest was without incident, and that she did cooperate at the time. She has been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000, but could face the maximum penalty of two years in jail.


The investigation showed that she shaved her head, and plucked her eyebrows and eyelashes to make it appear as if she had been a chemotherapy patient. The ruse included attending a number of charity events in her honor, and taking cancer research donations from hundreds of people. She also accepted a flight to Disney World from a Toronto-based cancer-awareness organization. Her acceptance of the money is a slap in the face to everyone who donated.
She said that she was sorry for what she did, and wanted to pay the money backing, adding that she “can’t possibly give it back to every single person, but I can give it to charity.” It is nice to see that she at least learned from her situation. She said that her childhood had traumatized her, and that she had started telling people she had cancer when she had a benign tumor removed from her breast in 2008.

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  1. Anna says:

    What would she have done if she had not been found out by authorities. Once you are caught, you can indeed play the card to say how sorry you are and the usual childhood trauma game. Many people ahve childhood trauma and it seems it’s the best excuse on earth to explain doing bad things to people and others. HOw about taking responsability for your actions instead of blaming something else?

    As person who actually is suffering from various illnesses, it is pretty offensive and degrading when someone is faking it for money and sympathy.

    Hopefully, she learns from this terrible episode in her life, this grave lapse of judgement. I wonder if she even feels shame?