Jennifer Halford sentenced in cancer and Fort McMurray fraud

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Jennifer Halford, a woman who collected donations after claiming she had cancer, has been sentenced by a judge.

The 35-year-old claimed she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and that her family had lost all of their possessions in the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016.

Halford was arrested in May of last year and charged with seven counts of fraud. In November 2016, she admitted to making up the story to collect donations from people, including members of her church.

The judge sentenced Halford to two years probation on Monday. During the hearing, doctors told the court that her lying tendencies were likely due to a major depressive disorder.

The Calgary-resident is prohibited from using social media and will have to undergo counselling, complete 100 hours of community service and must pay back the $1,200 in donations.

Read more at CTV News Calgary

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.