simply despicable: cancer scambooger

I was just reading one of the local “Patches” and came across an article that made my blood run cold: a guy from Havertown, PA who milked people for money with a cancer scam

How despicable is THAT?

This guys pulls this B.S. while out there live millions of us cancer patients juggling to pay for our cancer costs and he soaks people in a scam?

So low.  This whole thing broke on the news August 18th while I was right in the middle of    radiation.  A follow-up article in Havertown’s Patch this evening made me sit up and read.

Victims Recall Alleged Cancer Scam/Former friends discuss their relationship with the accused.  By Anthony Leone

For a former co-worker and a friend of Leron Magilner, the man police say was committing in cancer fraud, it was a surreal experience to find out the person they once called friend was lying to them.

“I find new stuff everyday. It’s incredible,” said Cortney McGowan about what she discovered about Magilner. McGowan was Magilner’s manager at the Wooden Indian Smoke shop and who was granted power of attorney for him.

McGowan, who had known Magilner for two years, said that he was helpful and friendly when he was working at the Havertown tobacco store on Eagle Road. But when Magilner recovered from testicular cancer, which according to McGowan was real, but claimed he was dying of pancreatic cancer, she became suspicious…..

Her instincts may have proved right, when the Haverford Township Police stated they discovered forged medical records that Magilner allegedly used to show people that he had cancer.

But the final straw for McGowan was when Magilner was taken to the Delaware County Memorial Hospital after a fall last month. Police and McGowan, who was at the hospital with the accused, said that Magilner allegedly refused any tests for his cancer.

“When I told the doctor that (Magilner) had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he looked at me like I had seven heads,” McGowan said, adding that the doctor did not believe Magilner was a cancer patient.

McGowan also stated that Magilner allegedly kept telling the doctor the wrong medications he was allegedly on.

Once Magilner left the hospital and went home, McGowan said that she made him have his cancer doctor call her and confirm that Magilner had cancer.

“He called me up with a fake Chinese accent,” McGowan claimed, saying that Magilner pretended to be his cancer doctor. “I pretended to lose (phone) service so I wouldn’t freak him out. I didn’t want him to off himself.”

That is when she contacted police she said.


You know what?  While this Leron Magilner was having benefits thrown for him to pay his rent, I was figuring out ways to work to pay my own damn rent and bills while people were worrying because I looked like death warmed over I was so exhausted. ( And that fatigue, P.S., still continues for me. )  

What a way to take advantage of the goodness of others.

Look what he put on his Facebook page:

Apparently, now this guy is in jail.


Oh and speaking of disgusting, Tom Capano, the former high flying Delaware lawyer  who was convicted and sent to prison for the murder of  Anne Marie Fahey, the 28-year-old scheduling secretary for then-Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper in 1996 died in prison today.  I remember seeing the “Missing” billboards along 202 in Delaware when Fahey’s family was searching for her.

I am just full of the cheery today, ain’t I?   Sorry.  It’s just the news du jour.  Current events and all that. 

I will have a brief break before the march of the co-pays starts again.   Poor oncologist is so nice.  But I am still having reservations about Tamoxifen.  But then again, the alternative is distinctly unpleasant.

Tomorrow I am a week out of radiation.  I am still getting the waves of tired for lack of a better description, but my skin is starting to heal.

About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.
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3 Responses to simply despicable: cancer scambooger

  1. Thanks for the update and glad that your skin has started to heal.

  2. derrick holden says:

    Having worked with him.he pretended to be a very sick at the Philadelphia school district and was quite the asshole to work with.and also after the audit we did found how much stuff he stole this doesn’t shock me at all

  3. Leron was my friend for many years. He had a lot of problems, none of which excuse what he did. In the end, he died of cancer in a nursing home, nearly friendless, less than a month after his 36th birthday.

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