TROY, N.Y. - Police in Troy have arrested a woman they say falsely claimed to be suffering from breast cancer in order to collect money.
Police say 33-year-old Lee Kryszeski, of 2 Cragin Ave. in Troy, was pretending to have breast cancer and solicited fundraising efforts by citizens attempting to procure money which would reimburse her medical costs.
Upon realizing Kryszeski was not ill, those fundraising contacted police. Kryszeski was arrested after an investigation and has been charged with Scheme to Defraud in the 1st-degree.
"Told me she was going through chemo every day and was very sick," said friend Lisa Vumbacco.
Vumbacco says she spent months helping Kryszeski plan a benefit to help raise money to pay her medical bills.
"I just can't believe she was such a good actress for so long," said Vumbacco.
tells the NEWS CENTER she became suspicious when Kryszeski could not prove she
"She ran me around for a week but never came up with any documentation. Then I confronted her on the phone and she told me it was none of my business."
Vumbacco says she's angry that she was taken advantage of but more so for the community that believed the alleged scheme.
"We had a bunch of basket raffles that we got all over the Capital District for a couple months of collection. A few thousand dollars in different donations, gift certificates," she said.
According to police records Kryszeski is already on probation.
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