MILTON, Ont. - An Ontario woman who police say pretended to have
cancer to raise money for herself appeared briefly in court today.

 

Ashley Anne Kirilow of Burlington, Ont., is facing three counts of fraud under $5,000.

 

Kirilow,
who was handcuffed and wearing a long, beige dress and short hair, is
set to appear again on Wednesday in Milton, Ont., as her bail hearing
was adjourned.

 

She spoke Monday to the judge in a tone barely above a whisper to say her name.

 

No family members appeared to be present at the hearing. Both Kirilow's mother and father had said publicly they wouldn't show.


Police
allege the 23-year-old woman passed herself off as having cancer and
organized fundraisers with the help of others who believed her to be
terminally ill.


Her father says Ashley told him earlier this year that she has never had cancer.


Mike Kirilow
says his daughter called him on the weekend begging him to be at
today's scheduled bail hearing, but he told her he wants nothing more
to do with her.


The case has generated international headlines.