Tenn. Woman Accused of Elaborate Cancer Hoax

"Everyone was under the impression that she was ill," he said, adding that she resigned after she was approached by city officials who had been called by a local charity.

The city is now investigating any losses it or its employees may have incurred as a result.

"A number of employees have donated days off" to Maynor, Beeland said. "Some are angry. And some are upset. It's a very sad situation."

Maynor has been a fixture at local cancer benefits in the last several years, participating with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure branch and Memorial Hospital's Pink! -- a tribute to cancer patients.

Houghton said Maynor had also spoken to community groups about how the cancer had affected her life.

"Anything that has anything to do with cancer in this town has been affected by it," she said of Maynor's alleged deception.

Christina Koenig is the director of media relations at the national Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Maynor was involved with the Chattanooga branch, though Koenig declined to say specifically how.

"This is all kind of a big surprise for us," she said, adding that they were also notified by Memorial Hospital. "And we're kind of looking into things."

The Breast Cancer Network of Strength is now consulting with its lawyers.

"We want to make sure we take care of our donor dollars well," Koenig said. She could not say whether Maynor had received money from the network's donors.

An 'Elaborate Scheme'

Maynor's blog included two entries from October that detailed a trip to Florida where she stayed in the St. Augustine condo of a friend's associate. When contacted by ABCNews.com, that friend -- Patty Streip of Chattanooga -- said she had no comment.

"It was nice to get away, but I did come to a conclusion I cannot make trips like that in a car any longer if it is longer than four or five hours I will have to fly," Maynor wrote in a blog dated Oct. 22. "My body is exhausted from the drive."

Other blog entries over the last six months detail news that the cancer had continued to spread, that she was no longer a candidate for chemo and that she was on dialysis.

A Sept. 13 entry said that her oncologist had wanted to talk to her about hospice care.

"Mentally and emotionally, I feel like I am going crazy," she wrote, adding that she'd like to have some happiness "before I leave this world."

Ben Johnston, CEO of Hospice of Chattanooga, said his organization was called last week by charities looking to confirm that Maynor was a patient as she had claimed.

Johnston said Maynor had apparently been telling others that she was receiving hospice care there and that she was a patient of the medical director.

"She was neither," he said, adding that hospice's records were thoroughly checked and Maynor did not appear in any of them.

"I wouldn't understand why someone would make up a story that could be easily checked," Johnston said.

But it was a hoax that apparently went on for years. She had repeatedly claimed that she was diagnosed seven years ago.

Houghton said Maynor was able to pass a thorough screening process to receive money from the Helen DiStefano Fund, including an application signed by a doctor, tax records and even a phone call to the doctor's office.

Faking Cancer

"Somehow, in this whole elaborate scheme, she was able to fake all that," Houghton said.

This may not be Maynor's first run-in with the law.

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