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Police believe woman used breast cancer donations for implants

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A believable story of breast cancer and a lack of insurance coverage has turned soft hearts into hardened souls in Texas.

25-year-old Trista Fabianke-Lathern held a fund raiser because she said she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and lost her insurance coverage.

Turns out: police believe it was all a lie. Cops say Trista really used the money for breast implants.

"She went as far as to shave her head and to do other things to have the scheme or the scam seem very believable, that she was going through some form of chemotherapy," Randy Plemons, Chief Deputy with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office said.

The fund raiser in August was a huge success. Hundreds of people paid 10-dollars a piece.

Del Meierhans says when he saw Trista with a do-rag on her bald head it reminded him of his wife, who had battled cancer. He shelled out an additional 400 dollars.

Diana Teichelman says she gave from her heart. A full-time house cleaner, she still dug deep.

"I think it's very sad," Teichelman said. "I think she needs to pay back the money she took and give it to somebody that does have cancer."

Detectives say they believe Trista's husband was also duped. The day she was arrested, he filed to have their marriage annulled.

It's not clear, if convicted, if a judge could order the surgical removal of Lathern's implants. At the very least, she could be forced to refund everyone who donated.

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