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.
me she was going through chemo every day and was very sick," said friend Lisa
Vumbacco says she spent
months helping Kryszeski plan a benefit to help raise money to pay her medical
"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."
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,"
to police records Kryszeski is already on probation.
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