Everyone wants to be able to have enough money saved for their dream wedding. Sometimes starting a GoFundMe can be a great idea to outsource money for a special occasion. Especially if you don’t think you’ll have the money when that special day arrives. However, there is definitely a wrong way to go about getting money from others. Unfortunately, this bride thought it was a great idea if she faked cancer to get what she wanted for her wedding.
Bride Faked Cancer
It takes a lot of mental energy to just lie in general; let alone doing it for months and months at a time. For Toni Standen, 29, this was only a formality to her long-term goals of having the perfect wedding day. She created a GoFundMe page in July 2017 with a very grim disclaimer. Posting a photo with a long written explanation. Describing that she only had a few more months to live because she was diagnosed with cancer.
As you can see, she’s done everything in her power to be convincing. Unfortunately, these are only crocodile tears that are made to be anything but truthful. Through months of compelling others to donate money to her cause, she collected $11,000. For that, she has been sentenced to five months in prison by the Chester Magistrates’ Court. She’s even been ordered to pay back $2,700 donated to her by a local business. The more Standen faked cancer, the deeper this lie was sinking in. What’s even more upsetting is that her soon-to-be husband had no idea she was lying.
Sentenced To Five Months In Prison
Standen’s husband was also a victim in this entire endeavor. James was convinced that his fiancé was actually terminally ill. Her friends were also just as compelled as he was. Saying that every time they talked to her, she gave vivid details of the experience. At the time, no one thought that she was deceitful.
Things only got worse for Standen when she defied safety precautions as well as her condition. Taking a trip all around Europe during the pandemic and then claiming she had COVID. This was the tipping point for most, and they started to realize that she was bluffing about virtually everything. The Chester Magistrates’ Court had some pretty choice words for Standen’s crimes.
“Every right-thinking member of society would be appalled by your behavior. Thankfully it’s not often this court has to sentence someone who has shown such a degree of shamelessness, such greed, or such a betrayal of friendship as you did to your friends and the wider community. Such was your lack of shame that you kept taking money from them over many, many months.” Declared District Judge Nicholas Sanders in Standen’s trial. (1)