Not any more

Alleged cancer faker gets new fraud charge

In Canada on August 11, 2010 at 13:31
Like many of Ashley Kirilow's images online, this one on her MySpace page suggests the Burlington, Ont., woman had lost her hair.Like many of Ashley Kirilow’s images online, this one on her MySpace page suggests the Burlington, Ont., woman had lost her hair. (MySpace)

A woman accused of faking cancer in order to elicit donations for herself has been charged with an additional count of fraud over $5,000.

Ashley Ann Kirilow, 23, was served the new charge at a bail hearing in Milton, Ont., Wednesday. She is accused of having defrauded Burlington, Ont., real estate agent Donna Michalowski.

She will be taken into custody and will appear in court again on Thursday.

She had previously been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000 and was taken into custody by Halton Regional Police on Friday.

Her bail hearing began Monday, but had to be postponed to Wednesday because no one arrived at the hearing to post a surety for her.

Police allege Kirilow, a resident of Burlington, organized fundraisers with the help of others who believed she was terminally ill.

She is accused of having raised thousands of dollars for herself and a charity she had supposedly established to fund cancer research.

In June, Halton regional police said they received a fraud complaint in connection with her charity, called “Change” for a Cure.

None of the allegations against Kirilow have been proven in court.

With files from The Canadian Press

via cbc.ca

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