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Police: Woman Fakes Cancer, Solicits Online Donations

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

October 08, 2010

PHILADELPHIA – To subsidize her social life, an unemployed Willow Grove woman faked cancer and brazenly tried to take advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by planning a benefit in her own honor, police said.

Alicia Tolton, 26, told friends and relatives this summer that she had been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer 18 months earlier, Upper Moreland Township Police Chief Thomas Nestel said.

She solicited donations to help pay for her “treatment” on her Facebook page and on another page she created called “Wishes for Alicia,” police said.

Tolton also helped plan a beef-and-beer fundraiser that was scheduled for Oct. 17 – the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – at the Willow Grove VFW, according to police.

But relatives became suspicious when they offered to help pay her medical bills and were shown fake invoices and receipts bearing the Fox Chase Cancer Center logo, Nestel said.

The relatives then tipped off police, who invited Tolton to the station under the ruse that the Upper Moreland Police Benevolent Association had a donation for her.

“When she was confronted, she gave it up,” Nestel said. “It just goes to show how bold and absolutely selfish she was that she’d walk into a police station to accept a donation for her fake cancer.”

Police said they have been able to track $1,000 in donations that Tolton accepted, but they are investigating the possibility that she received tens of thousands of dollars more.

Nestel said that surveillance showed Tolton had spent some of the donations for her “treatment” at local bars and Eagles games and that she was a “very social woman.”

“She was basically subsidizing her social life,” Nestel said.

Unemployed and not in school, Tolton lives at home with her parents, who did not know about her scam, Nestel said.

Tolton’s father is a volunteer firefighter and spends most of his time taking care of his very sick wife, Nestel said, adding that Tolton’s dad was “just as surprised” as anyone when he found out his daughter’s cancer was a lie.

“He was flabbergasted and thoroughly embarrassed because he went to the firehouse to sell tickets to the beef-and-beer,” Nestel said.

Tolton was arraigned yesterday on charges of theft, forgery and tampering with records and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. She was wearing a red sweatshirt bearing the Phillies-inspired “ill” logo on the front when she was taken into custody.

Tolton is also being held on a detainer for violating her existing probation on a narcotics offense, police said.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    almost 4 years ago



  • Pentagon_from_our_roof_terrace_2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Have to agree with BrooklynHillsCop.... VERY FAMILIAR-sounding story, that we'll remember for some time to come.

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Did anyone else notice that she also looked like she weighed 300 pounds? The Beef & Beer must be keeping her fattened up... Sick, twisted POS!

  • Snoopy-cool_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm gonna be mean for a minute-since what she did was so awful. Did anyone else look at the picture of this person who claims to have breast and ovarian cancer and notice that she does not look remotely female?

  • Img00039_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    She has got to receive some ruthless punishment...Lay on multiple charges and dare the DA to reduce them.. She would be a great politician I can see it now Elect this Beauty Queen , Alicia Tolton, for Congress

  • Erin222_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is disgusting. Lock her up and every day make her walk the streets with a sign hanging around her neck saying exactly what she did.

  • Rosa_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    dumb shit >>>>>>

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    The world is a vampire.

  • P1010076_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Force her to walk around the country, apologizing to every cancer patient for taking advantage of their plight, and explain why she did what she did.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Here we go again.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Having lost several family members to cancer, most recently my father, to say this makes me angry doesn't cover it. Disgusted and infuriated come close. Cancer is an ugly and horrific disease. I cannot think of a punishment fitting for this slime.
    BUMP MaryB!

  • 072_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What a pig! This irritates me on a personal level more than anything. For me and my fellow cancer survivors, this is beyond stealing money from a caring public. This is a trashy disgusting vile woman. I feel sorry for her family.

  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    On this level - atrocious.

    On a higher level, obscene - where decade after decade after decade kindhearted women present themselves to publicly advertise The Cause in the gristmill of the Breast Cancer Awareness Events Industry...and, despite the millions raked in, find their efforts to no avail.

    Giant sponsors emblazon themselves all over caring women who don pink and run and run and run. Millions in profits pour into sponsors, millions and millions pour into research, and the cure mysteriously continues to evade. Why, in all this time, hasn't research paid off? Where does the money go?

    Would a cure evade testicular cancer research for this long if men permitted themselves to be used this way?

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Right into the police station. How arrogant. Hope she gets a long time to think about what she did!!!

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Having lost a younger sister 10 years ago to cancer this really strikes a nerve. Hold her feet to the fire. What a low life.

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