PHOENIX — A Gilbert woman has been sentenced to prison after admitting
that she pretended to have cancer in order to collect donations.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman said Judge John Ditsworth sentenced
to Kelly Ann Wasko to 18 months in prison for theft under a plea agreement.
Wasko also was sentenced to concurrent probation terms for attempted theft and
Wasko’s scam began in December 2011 when she told her adult daughter that she
needed a bone marrow transplant and her insurance policy would not cover it.
Her daughter, who lived in Colorado, built a Facebook fundraising page. More
than $12,000 was collected for Wasko.
The daughter became suspicious of her mother’s claims and contacted
Wasko was arrested in December 2012. She initially pleaded not guilty.