$7500 Raised By Fake Cancer Patient
An Alberta man has been accused of faking a serious health ailment and holding a fundraiser to raise money for his treatment.
Kristopher Nicholas Cook, 28, of Calgary, has been accused of faking that he has cancer and holding a silent auction to garner funds for cancer treatment, reports The HuffPost.
On July 8, 2011, Cook held the silent auction in a donated venue which featured dozens of items that had been donated by well-wishers. The benefit raised at least $7500, but some attendees were not convinced of Cook’s ailment.
At some point after the benefit, a number of attendees at the auction become doubtful of Cook’s cancer claims and questioned whether the funds were to be used for his treatment at all. Calgary Police were contacted in August and began an investigation.
The Calgary Police investigation determined that the funds were raised under false pretences. A warrant was issued for Cook’s arrest.
He is described as white, five feet, eight inches tall, about 140 pounds and slim build.
Cook has brown eyes and hair and a receding hairline.