12/14/2012 10:58 EST | Updated 02/13/2013 05:12 EST

Kristopher Cook Cancer Faker: Judge Reserves Sentencing For Calgary Fraudster

Calgary Sun

CALGARY - A judge has reserved his decision on sentencing for a man who faked having cancer and bilked his friends of $7,500.

The Crown says greed likely led Kristopher Cook, 29, to come up with the scheme.

He told people he had a malignant tumour and that two fictitious sisters had died of cancer.

He set up a silent auction fundraiser that raised thousands of dollars.

The elaborate scheme also had Cook getting friends to give him a ride to the Tom Baker Cancer clinic for treatment.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of six to nine months in jails while the defence is asking for time served.

The Crown says Cook's actions could cause the public to be skeptical and it might affect whether they donate to charities and hurts real victims of disease.

However, those who were defrauded in this case say they don't want their money back but want it donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cook was arrested on the west coast earlier this year.

Last year, Ashley Kirilow of Hamilton, Ont., pleaded guilty to fraud after admitting she raised $12,000 in donations by convincing people that she had cancer.

Kirilow was given a 15-month conditional sentence and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

A Halifax woman convicted of embezzling almost $70,000 from her former employer was also caught lying about having cancer.

Sherri Dawn (Lee) George, 38, admitted lying to the court and her own lawyer about having cancer, saying she had initially concocted the story when she was feeling overwhelmed by her job at a spa.

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