Keele Maynor Bilks Time, Money With Breast Cancer Hoax

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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



The damage done by Ms. Maynor is not so much in the dollars bilked from the city nor in the hours and days stolen from her fellow employees. The real damage is to those future persons with legitimate hardships who truly need the help and support of others. Employees everywhere might be more circumspect and less charitable the next time they are asked to donate. But that aside, fraud is fraud. In this case the fraud amounted to considerable time and money. At its roots it is no different than other kinds of theft or embezzlement and should be treated as such, a felony crime.
I agree. I was one of the persons who helped this woman. The feeling of betrayal is worse for me than the time and money lost. But, yes, I am also concerned about the damage this will do to the people who are really sick and need help. I will probably not help a single indiviual anymore unless I do some checking first. The clues to this deception were right before our eyes and most of us refused to see them.
She should be branded with a scarlett letter and made to perform community service. If not she should be sent to prison to do some hard time on a chain gang!!!
It is complex to me, why that would happen. Community service is a definite great idea.
Betrayal from people who are close is difficult. It is so typical not to see things that are right under our nose. So many people scarred... Thanks for your comment.
We will see how they charge her. It will (sadly) impact the charitability of others, I agree.
Betrayal of trust is never easy to deal with, However wishing her to be "branded with a scarlett letter" or do hard time on a chain gang, even in the passion of the moment, solves nothing. Yes, it's fraud, and the way she played on others symapthy and charity is certainly reprehensible, but there was no "theft". Those who gave of thier time did so willingly. Same with the monetary donations. As was said by # 6, this will impact those in future need. How many times in our lives have we helped someone, only to discover we've been used? This has happened to me on several occasions, yet it has not hardened me to the point of not helping someone else in need. I have to believe that people are basically good, and the acts of the few scoundrels should not be used as the measuring stick for the vast majority of our fellow man (and women). I am now a bit more wary of tales of woe, yet I will still help someone when and where I can. If I get taken, it sux, but life goes on. Hopefully, she'll bear the stigma of her acts for life. We incarcerate people here in the US waay to readily. Prison should be reserved for the worst of the worst. The community service idea is a great one. This seems to be just the "cause du jour", a public focal point on which to vent our collective outrage. I'm sure that there are many contributing factors to "explain" her behavior, but that does NOT negate what she did. To be sure, she should be ostracized and be made aware the effects of her actions daily, but prison is not the answer. For her to serve community service (and LOTS of it), and maybe be made to work for those who were directly impacted by her deception would be far more productive than her languishing idle in prison. I am seeing a lot of decidedly "unchristian" sentiment from a community that prides itself on it's christianity. There will ALWAYS be those who would abuse our good will. Our choice is whether or not be become jaded to the point of no longer helping others. Without my belief in the inherent goodness of people, I would be a miserable wretch and my life would be a much less enjoyable experience.