Woman charged with fraud related to false claims of illness
The Calgary Police Service has charged one woman with fraud after carrying out several fundraising initiatives claiming she had cancer.
Earlier this month, police received an anonymous tip regarding an online group that had been allegedly set up to promote a raffle to assist with healthcare costs related to a cancer diagnosis.
At the same time, an airline was receiving inquiries from the public in relation to a prize associated with this raffle.
Once investigators confirmed the suspect’s medical records did not show a cancer diagnosis, they worked closely with WestJet airlines and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) to determine the validity of the raffle.
It was determined that the advertised raffle prize of two $8,000 WestJet gift certificates was false and no raffle license had been applied for through AGLC. The raffle had raised $10,000.
Further investigation determined the suspect also created a GoFundMe campaign which raised approximately $6,800.
Krysta-Lyn Williams, 30, of Calgary is charged with one count of fraud over $5,000.