Fraudster faked terminal cancer to con friends into funding wedding

Fraudster, 29, who faked terminal cancer to con friends into funding £8,500 dream wedding faces jail

  • Toni Standen from Liverpool, told friends she had developed cancer in her leg
  • Her friends rallied round and raised £8,500 to help pay for her dream wedding
  • But they reportedly became suspicious of her and later confronted over claims
  • She the 29-year-old has now reportedly appeared in court charged with fraud

A fraudster tricked friends into donating money her dream wedding by claiming she had terminal cancer, according to reports.

Toni Standen, 29, from West Derby, Liverpool, was at the centre of a fundraising campaign after claiming she had developed a cancer in her leg and had just two months to live.

Friends launched a GoFundMe page to help her and her partner James a ‘wedding they deserve’.

The group raised £8,500, which helped the couple have their dream wedding and a honeymoon to Turkey.

But according to the Mirror, Ms Standen is now facing jail after admitting fraud. 

Toni Standen, 29, from West Derby, Liverpool, (pictured with her husband James) was at the centre of a fundraising campaign after claiming she had developed a cancer in her leg and had just two months to live

Standen, who shaved off her hair, was caught out after friends grew suspicious of her claims that she had caught coronavirus, according to the reports.

They later rang-up Standen and confronted her in a call, which they recorded, and she reportedly confessed to her deception.

Jobless Standen reportedly pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation, during a hearing at Chester Magistrates’ Court last week.

She faces sentencing at a later date, the reports add.

According to the Mirror the charges relate to fraudulent activity between February 2019 and April 2020.

Standen is said to have claimed that she had developed an aggressive tumour in her leg and that her organs were ‘failing’.

She later claimed to have two months to live and said her wish was to have her 57-year-old father Derek, who was dying of cancer, walk her down the aisle. 

Her friends began fundraising to help fund the wedding – which was held after the death of her father – at St Bede’s Catholic Church in Widnes.

Standen (pictured), who shaved off her hair, was caught out after friends grew suspicious of her claims that she had caught coronavirus, according to the reports.

Standen and her newly-wed husband James reportedly flew off to a honeymoon in Turkey after a wedding.

They also reportedly had a holiday in March in which they visited Germany, Austria, Hungry, Czech Republic and Italy. 

Friend Cheryl Aston, 33, who donated £525, told the Mirror: ‘She could have won an Oscar, her acting was that good. She fooled us all. We were all completely sucked in.’

Standen attended Chester Magistrates’ Court this week.

District judge Nicholas Sanders said she committed a ‘horrible breach of trust’, the Mirror reports. 

She is due to be sentenced at a later date. 

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