Lana Rovang alleged to have faked cancer to collect donations
Police say Calgary woman told coworkers she had breast cancer and a fatal heart condition
Calgary police have charged a local woman with fraud after she allegedly obtained thousands of dollars by telling coworkers and friends that she had cancer.
Police say the 32-year-old woman made several claims she had a fatal heart condition and Stage 4 breast cancer.
Rovang's coworkers and employers held fundraisers for her and investigators believe she obtained about $20,000 in donations.
A member of the public contacted police in July 2013 and charges were laid after a lengthy investigation.
"When an allegation of fraudulent medical conditions is brought forward obviously it's quite an intense investigation to obtain medical records," said Const. Patricia Ariss.
Rovang is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of fraud under $5,000 and uttering a forged document.
So far investigators have identified two alleged victims and are encouraging anyone who may have donated money to come forward.
Rovang was arrested in Kelowna and appeared in a Calgary courtroom on the charges Wednesday.