Congratulations, Heather Faria...come on down! You're the next contestant on Loser of the Week!
Heather is a former special ed teacher in Massachusetts who duped friends and family into donating money to her for cancer that she didn't have. She had told friends, family and colleagues that she could not afford cancer treatment and still have money left over for food. They held various fundraisers for her and netted over $60,000.
She was found guilty of five counts of larceny and one count of gross fraud and sentenced to two years in prison. She had gone on a spending spree with some $37,000 of the donations buying such things as a vacation, a big screen television and jewelry.
How did this gal not think anyone would find out she was lying? What amazes me even more is how people can donate that much money and never have any proof that she was on the up and up. They didn't think it was a little strange that there were no legitimate doctor bills?
Apparently, she did have a lot of friends so why would she buy things that would visibly show she obviously couldn't afford them under normal circumstances? She had told them she couldn't afford treatment, yet a big screen tv pops up in her house. Then she can suddenly afford a vacation.
At first, I was a slightly offended that a malfeasance like this was only worthy of two years in prison. Then it occurred to me that it doesn't matter since she's now earned a special spot in the lake of fire. Sounds like instead of being a special ed teacher, she should have been one of the students.