Canadian charged with fraud after faking cancer

An Ontario man has been charged with fraud after allegedly faking terminal brain cancer to bilk his friends and family.

Police say Christopher Gordon made the cancer claim in October 2009. His friends then organized a fundraiser and collected US$2,900.

Police say Gordon told family and friends this month he did not have brain cancer after he spent the money.

Gordon has been charged with one count of fraud under US$4,900. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

He is the third Canadian to face such charges recently. Earlier this month, Jessica Ann Leeder pleaded guilty to defrauding her workplace of thousands of dollars for fundraising for a cancer she faked. Ashley Kirilow also pleaded guilty this month to one count of fraud over US$4,900 for her cancer hoax.