The Calgary Sun is reporting that Kristopher Nicholas Cook, a 28-year-old Calgarian “concert promoter” is wanted for two counts of fraud over $5,000 after allegedly faking brain cancer to reap the profits of a fundraising concert in 2011. The man is rumoured to have split town, though it’s believed that all the money has already been spent, according to the Sun.
Apparently, Cook had gone around telling people “he was suffering from the same kind of brain cancer that killed his beloved sister”—despite the fact he didn’t have any siblings. His web of lies also included pretending to be American, and thus ineligible for free health care, and not being able to work due to the stress of his non-existent disease. Nevertheless, he convinced Calgarian indie rockers Miesha and the Spanks to play a benefit gig at Broken City, which raised over $7,500 via auction, and additional funds through a donation jar. “You never want to second guess something like that, and I don’t blame anyone for believing him,” concert organizer Lindsay Shedden told the Sun.
But when he was seen walking around with a new Macbook Pro the next day, it started to raise some red flags. Fraud investigators later confirmed that “he didn’t seek any cancer treatments at cancer facilities in Calgary.” Cook is now believed to be living in B.C. or perhaps Toronto. Hey, if you see a guy with this goofy moustache at the NOW Magazine gig of the week, punch him in the face for me, will ya? (Erm, I guess the hipster equivalent would be to glare at him disapprovingly from across the room, so, uh, do that too…)