Keele Maynor Bilks Time, Money With Breast Cancer Hoax
Police in Chattanooga Tennessee are investigating a woman named Keele Maynor who bilked 1,554.28 hours from fellow city employees for time off, alleging she had breast cancer. The trusting co-workers donated their time out of concern for the woman's health needs.
Keele Maynor, an administrative assistant at the Department of Land Use Development, resigned her position after she admitted to the breast cancer hoax. According to Chattanooga police officials, "As of today, officials are still gathering information relative to the allegation of fraud".
The breast cancer hoax spanned a period of five years. Keele Maynor, 37 years old, was actually treated for breast cancer, but was cancer free after 2001. She claimed, in an e-mail to her supervisor that her game... "has snowballed and finally came to a head," beginning in 2003, and abruptly ending when she suddenly resigned on December 12.
Keele Maynor ended up receiving more than $10,000 time off, as well as money donated by her fellow employees. She also accepted contributions from cancer support groups.
The woman also said in an e-mail, that she is relieved that she doesn't have to "keep up the charade anymore." She also does not know why she perpetuated the breast cancer hoax; though most experts might agree, she has serious unmet needs.
Ms. Maynor shaved her head to make it appear that she was receiving chemotherapy, leading other cancer patients to believe her story.
The investigation is ongoing, but the Mayor's office is considering pressing charges. The local organizations are in the process of tallying up the support they provided to Ms. Maynor.
Regardless of the motivation behind Keele Maynor's breast cancer hoax, it is important to note that lies and deceit stem from complex environmental and biological health issues.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press