A hospice worker has been indicted on charges she stole more than $30,000 from 16 donors while faking she had cancer.
According to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Jennifer Stover, 35, was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on charges of theft and charitable fraud.
While accepting the money, police say Stover worked for Exempla Healthcare at the Collier Hospice in Wheat Ridge, and had been telling co-workers since 2008 that she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and undergoing treatment. According to the indictment however, Stover never had cancer.
One of Stover's colleagues even donated $12,000 of their life savings to help her pay for cancer treatments and grocery store trips, according to a report by 9News.
"Jennifer Stover was an employee here and she voluntarily resigned in June of 2010 when we requested verification for her request of medical leave of absence. She did not provide it and she instead resigned,"Wendy Forbes, Director of Communications for Collier Hospice, said in a press statement.
Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey reminds residents to be wary of giving so generously to people claiming to have illnesses. Due to federal privacy laws, illness claims can be difficult to check out.
“In today’s world, boy, unfortunately you have to be somewhat paranoid," Storey told 7News.
Stover's bond was set at $5,000.