Hipster cancer faker sentenced to 6 months in jail

Calgary music promoter Kristopher Cook. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Calgary music promoter Kristopher Cook. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Nadia Moharib, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

CALGARY - Cancer faker Kristopher Cook must serve the equivalent of a six-month jail term for his “despicable deceit” in swindling supporters, a judge ruled Thursday.

And Cook must also serve two years’ probation, with a condition he pay the $7,500 he scammed from friends at a fundraiser in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cook, 28, claimed to have brain cancer and kept up the ruse for 10 months.

The judge said there were also other aggravating factors -- including Cook’s flight to Victoria until his arrest last Sept. 11 -- which made the sentence of time already served sought by the defence an insufficient punishment.


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