Man accused of faking cancer

A Calgary man has been accused of pretending to have cancer and holding a fundraiser that garnered $7,500.

CALGARY — A Calgary man has been accused of pretending to have cancer and holding a fundraiser that garnered $7,500.

Police say the silent auction was held July 8, 2011, to raise funds for a man’s cancer treatment.

The venue had been provided free of charge, and guests paid thousands of dollars for various donated items.

Following the event, attendees became skeptical that the man was using the funds for cancer treatment, and whether he had been diagnosed with cancer at all.

Police received information from the public in August and determined the funds were raised under fraudulent pretences.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 28-year-old Kristopher Nicholas Cook, of no fixed address.