A hospice employee has been indicted on charges that she took $30,000 from unsuspecting donors under the pretense that she had cancer, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
A grand jury indicted Jennifer Risa Stover, 35, on charges of theft and charitable fraud.
The district attorney's office said Stover was working at Collier Hospice in Wheat Ridge in 2008 when she is alleged to have told a co-worker that she had a cyst and was undergoing experimental treatment.
Throughout 2009 and into 2010, Stover missed work often and blamed it on her alleged illness, prosecutors said.
In the spring of 2010, prosecutors said Stover told coworkers that she had uterine cancer and that she needed experimental treatment.
Her co-workers donated their paid time off so Stover could continue to get paid while she took off work for her treatments. Her coworkers also donated money to help pay for her cancer treatments, mortgage, car payments, utilities and groceries.
In todays world, boy, unfortunately you have to be somewhat paranoid," said Scott Storey, District Attorney for Jefferson County.
Storey admitted it is difficult, given federal privacy laws, to check out a co-worker's tales of illness. He advises people to do as much research as possible before contributing.
In addition to telling people that she had cancer, Stover is alleged to have told some people who were donating money to her that she expected to receive a settlement check from a lawsuit and she would repay them when she received the check.
According to the indictment, Stover has never had cancer, nor has she been treated for cancer and duped 16 people out of more than $30,000.
One of those victims told 7NEWS he doesnt even want his $2,000 back, and said Stover will have to answer to God for what shes done.
Stover was arrested on Tuesday. Her bond was set at $5,000.
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