Lori Stilley, 40, was arrested on Wednesday in Delran, N.J., and charged with theft by deception.
Stilley allegedly told her family and friends in February 2011 that she had been diagnosed with Stage III bladder cancer and would be undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
She posted frequently about her struggle on Facebook and on her own website, but never gave specifics about doctor appointments or treatment.
Then last November, Stilley told loved ones that she cancer was progressing and that she was entering a hospice.
She even told her 7-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter that she was going to die, her sister Lisa DiGiovanni told ABC News.
“She sat down and she told them that she was going to become an angel,” DiGiovanni said.
But on the day she was supposed to enter the hospice, Stilley suddenly began feeling better, her sister said.
She posted on Facebook that a miracle was happening and her tumors were disappearing.
“That moment is when I just knew, I felt in my heart that she had made it all up and and a lot of other people felt the same way,” DiGiovanni told ABC News.
It was at that point that DiGiovanni went to the authorities.
Stilley is suspected of bilking well-wishers out of an estimated $12,500.