Fraud charges have been laid against a Calgary woman police allege faked cancer to collect donations.
Jennifer Halford was active in fundraising for children’s cancers after her daughter died five years ago. Then, she told friends she had breast cancer.
Jerry met Halford through a support group for parents of children with Cancer. She stepped up to help after Halford said she had cancer donating about $700 in gift cards, cash and food. Jerry tells Global News it was devastating when police announced the charges. “My heart just sunk. And for three days or so, I felt physically sick. It was just the sorrow and the break of trust is so, so huge.”
Police say they began investigating when Halford claimed to be a Fort McMurray fire evacuee and cancer sufferer. She now faces seven counts of Fraud Under $5,000. The investigation continues and more charges could be laid.
Halford is currently out on bail.