Woman accused of cancer fraud may get bail

Aug. 19, 2010 at 8:33 PM
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MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A man said Thursday he intends to post bond for a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people for money, officials said.

Bob Graham, 39, offered to post bail for Ashley Anne Kirilow, 23, of Burlington, Ontario, who was charged in Milton with one count of fraud for an amount over $5,000 and three counts of fraud for amounts under $5,000, Ottawa's Postmedia News and the Toronto Star reported Thursday.

The Star said it is not clear what relationship, if any, Graham has with Kirilow, who took part in a court hearing Thursday via video camera. The matter of her bail is expected to be decided Friday.

Graham refused to comment about the case or any interest he may have in it, the Star reported.

"I have nothing to say about any of that. I wish her the best," Graham said.

Mike Kirilow, the accused woman's father, said Graham called him earlier in the week to ask if he could post bail for his daughter. Kirilow said he was suspicious because he thought Graham might be trying to "cash in" on his daughter's story, the Star said

Graham said he was developing a television show pilot and was involved in concert booking.

Kirilow allegedly told people she had terminal ovarian and breast cancer, shaved all the hair on her head, and starved herself to appear as though she were undergoing chemotherapy, Postmedia News reported.

The unemployed woman's former friends said she raised as much as $20,000 and attended events in the Toronto area soliciting donations, mostly from friends who gave her spare change.

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