25-year-old teacher fakes multiple fatal cancer tumors to pocket over $24,000 in charity donations but walks free
Brayford, from Whiston, Merseyside is now set to walk free with a curfew and an electronic tag, according to reports
A 25-year-old teacher faked fatal cancer in an attempt to swindle money out of kind-hearted people and now she's set to pocket $24,666, according to reports. The woman, identified as Keera Brayford, reportedly lied to her family and friends and claimed that she had three types of tumors which were likely going to take her life. Brayford, from Whiston, Merseyside, also told her friends that she was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, which was also making her feel very sick. The court on Friday heard that the teacher had also searched on Google on "how to defraud an employer" as part of her ruse in an effort to lie to the school.
Shortly after her claims, multiple charity fundraising efforts were organized to assist Brayford financially and one man reportedly also planned to jump out of a plane in a bid to accumulate more cash for her.
"I feel betrayed and ashamed. I hope this callous act doesn't mean that people won't assist [charities] in the future." https://t.co/WcHj4AUTwW— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) November 3, 2018
Brayford, however, was eventually caught months after the deceit and was arrested by police officers, leaving many around her in disbelief. She was reportedly charged with fraud by representation and she pleaded guilty to all of the offenses in front of city magistrates, according to the Mirror. She was reportedly caught by the staff of Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens who suspected that the teacher was faking some of her medical notes.
Brayford, however, avoided jail on Friday after a judge suspended her prison sentence despite calling her behavior "despicable." She is now set to walk free with a curfew and an electronic tag, according to reports. In an effort to raise money for her cancer treatment, her friends and strangers raised thousands of pounds on a JustGiving website. The fundraiser on the website was set up under the headline "Cancer does not have a face until it's yours or someone you know."
Keera Brayford even Googled "how to defraud an employer"https://t.co/GMHyDN9g7W— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) November 2, 2018
Reports state that a total of £19,000 was swindled, with £10,000 still with JustGiving and unspent. However, the former teacher spent the additional £9,000 to pay off some of her debts. She reportedly also used some of the fundraised cash on clothes and payments to the Very.co.uk female fashion store.
Brayford reportedly also lied to her parents about cancer but they attended the Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, in support of their daughter.