Why Yes, This Delran Woman Did Fake Cancer
There’s no longer a need to put a question mark at the end of this headline from PhillyMag’s March issue: Lori Stilley has pleaded guilty to faking cancer and taking up to $20,000 raised by friends and neighbors to help her through her phony sickness (and, incidentally, pay for her wedding).
Lori Stilley, 41, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by deception before Judge James W. Palmer Jr., acknowledging that she never had cancer and that the money was donated to her because of her false claims, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Stilley, whose wedding was paid for under her cancer ruse, faces four years of probation and restitution of between $15,000 and $20,000 when Palmer sentences her July 26. She also faces 100 hours of community service and must undergo a psychological examination and follow the recommendations, according to the negotiated plea agreement.
The paper adds: “Her sister, who declined to comment Monday because of the ongoing court proceedings, went to authorities after becoming suspicious when Stilley seemed to have too much energy for someone terminally ill, when she continued to refuse assistance to reported doctors appointments and treatments, and finally when she canceled hospice.” Stilley remains free on $25,000 bail.