Texas Woman Allegedly Fakes Breast Cancer to Pay for Breast Implants

image_8678589We have previously seen stories where people fake cancer or illnesses to get friends and co-workers to give them money. However, Trista Joy Lathern, 24, of Texas takes the cake. She is accused of faking breast cancer in order to get friends to donate money, so she could get breast implants to save her failing marriage.

Friends and neighbors of Lathern put together a charitable benefit and raised $10,000 by taking time off from their vacation allowance and even donating hours of work pay to her. A flier asked people to attend the benefit at the Hog Creek Icehouse, noting that Lathern has two boys and no insurance. Her husband claimed that he believed that she had breast cancer until a police detective told him last month. This may be true, but I am curious how a husband is not present for at least one visit with a doctor to discuss his wife’s prognosis and treatment.

Investigator James Pack alleges that she even shaved her head to pretend to be going through chemotherapy.

Various businesses donated items and at least three bands donated their time to play at the benefit.

A local plastic surgeon became suspicious after he learned about the benefit — and the fact that Lathern asked only about the breast implants and never mentioned chemotherapy. He was given cash for the breast enlargement and reported it to the police.

It is not a crime to pretend that you have an illness, but, when you use that fraud to obtain gifts, you move from being a horrible person to being a horrible criminal defendant. What will be challenging for her lawyer will be to use the two boys as a basis for a claim of mercy when they were previously used as a basis for the alleged fraud.

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56 thoughts on “Texas Woman Allegedly Fakes Breast Cancer to Pay for Breast Implants”

  1. For one thing, from infancy on, girls/women are bombarded with advertising that urges them to remake themselves in order to be appealing to the opposite sex. Highlight that hair, clean up your pores, paint your nails, whiten your teeth, flatten your belly, lose weight, gain weight, do exercises to make your butt bigger/smaller.firmer, spray on perfume, stick out however much chest you have, get a tummy tuck to get rid of those pregnancy stretch marks, smear on a little more makeup, get rid of those wrinkles, have your legs waxed, get a tan, wear a thong (I loved the remark a few years ago by a comedienne who, in referring to thongs, said, “I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent my life trying to keep my underwear OUT of there”).

    It’s mostly a marketing gimmick, playing on the insecurities of women is big business, billions of greenbacks every year. How, oh how, are you ever going to snag a husband with those little bitty boobs? And we buy into it, only to find out that we have become the butt of jokes (pun intended). I, of course, have been immune to such capitalistic ploys…except for the nose job, the morphing from brunette to blond, and the never-to-be forgotten breast reduction after realizing I had too much of a good thing, and felt a frantic need to bring myself in line with what I perceived to be Hollywood glamour standards. Got myself a real bona-fidey husband too. He weren’t much, but I figger without the tummy tuck I done about as good as could be expected.

  2. BIL–

    Then I suppose you won’t be signing up any time soon for the computer dating service known as BoobMatch.com.

    BTW, there are lots of us gals who aren’t all that attracted to men with washboard abs and well-developed pecs. I call such fellas biceptuals because they’re so in love with their own musculature. Many of us females prefer men with brains and senses of humor–who actually like and respect women…as long as they can change a tire for us.

  3. It’s sad when people let the expectations of others drive them to bad actions. If a man isn’t happy with your body, ladies? Ask yourself, “Am I healthy?” and if if the answer is yes, goto step three on this logic tree and tell him to mind his own damn business. Optional Step 3a may then come into play in that if he finds you so unappealing then he is free not to kiss, rub or generally make lovey on your person and you are free to find someone who will.

    I like a nice brain on a gal. So no pressure for the plastic from me, ladies. As long as you’re not dumb on purpose and/or intrinsically evil, I like you just the way you are. A nice butt doesn’t hurt sure – I’m only human, but that brain, yeah . . . I like me a gal with a sexy mind. I’m just looking for a gal who can appreciate jokes about Werner Heisenberg and the smell of books. A gal who knows that pointillism isn’t a kind of food poisoning, but isn’t immune to giggling when someone mentions Balzac. Whose first question to aliens would be “Can we go for a spin?” not “Ya’ll ain’t from ’round these parts, are yuh?” A gal who laughs at Geraldo Rivera and Glenn Beck for all the right reasons. Conversely, she should also cry about Moustache and The Lunatic for all the right reasons too. A gal with an open mind, a healthy dose of common sense and heaping portion of questioning authority. Breast size, optional. Theft not required, nay, even discouraged.

  4. Byron–

    I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist–so I don’t feel I’m competent to determine whether a woman like that has a mental illness or not.

  5. Byron–

    I agree with you about low self-esteem–but I think some of these women have problems that go deeper than that. I think there are women who have little or no self-confidence who wouldn’t marry or remain with abusive men–or have breast enhancements to hold on to their husbands.

  6. Elaine M:

    it is very simple, in my opinion,-low self-esteem. Any woman who has an ounce of self respect would not let herself be treated in that manner.

    All of the traits you pointed to are, in my mind, symptoms of low self-esteem. I think we can argue about causation, whether it be a broken home, an abusive father or mother, being teased as a child, etc.

    As far as the old coot marrying a young wife, if he dropped her because he came into some money and wanted a hot young thing. I guess he has no character and is going to get what he deserves. When he starts drooling the hot young wife will have a “friend” and they will both watch the old guy die and laugh all the way to the bank.

    Just because you have money doesn’t mean you are immune from self delusion.

  7. Swarthmore mom–

    Now that’s what I call a concise explanation. Thanks for providing us with your “Texas” take on this story.

  8. I don’t know whether the woman was abused or not. It is part of present day Texas culture to go to the bible church, get a boob job and then get some bling.

  9. Byron–

    nal said: “She is an adult woman responsible for her own actions. She is not a “victim” of society. Vicitmhood portrays her as a puppet who doesn’t have the capacity of independent thought.”

    Mike A. said and you quoted: “You may wish to consider the possibility that not every married man relishes his spouse for her moral virtue and inner beauty.”


    I think there are many woman involved in abusive relationships with husbands who don’t respect women. I’m not sure what the psychology of women who remain in such relationships is–but I do think many of these wives fear being left alone…fear not being able to support themselves…fear violence at the hands of their mates. Maybe these women are victims by choice…but maybe they were raised in abusive homes.

    Mike A. also wrote about some women being viewed as ornaments–or, if you will, eye candy–by their husbands. That’s for sure. Why else would so many rich old coots dispose of their first wives and then marry gorgeous young second wives?

  10. Mike A:

    “You may wish to consider the possibility that not every married man relishes his spouse for her moral virtue and inner beauty.”

    They don’t? Then why be married to her? Romantic love should be physical, emotional and rational. What man would want a woman that thought that big boobs were important? She would be shallow and most likely a couple of eggs short of a dozen. Most likely he would be the same way or just a self absorbed prick.

    I gotta go with nal on this one, age has nothing to do with it. Sense of life yes, age no.

  11. I have lived in both Texas and in Los Angeles (the home of the plastic-enhanced lifestyle) and in my opinion augmented breasted are wildly unattractive. As Mike S. said, there is so much more to a woman than whether or not her breasts are “big”.

    I’ve dated beautiful women with smallish breasts and women who may not be considered “photogenic” but whom I find to be beautiful and attractive and alluring in so many other ways. But fake breasts, for me, can be a turn-off simply because they signal some real underlying issues going on. And the same can be said for men with pectoral implants and calf implants, or implants in places that I don’t even want to think about …

    And the idea that she needed them to “please her man” says a great deal about their relationship. If she is so needy so as to do anything to herself in order to keep him then she’s got some problems. And if he is so shallow so as to demand this from her, lose him.

    But then I’m a guy who has happily lived “tattoo-free” and never felt the need to buckle and get one simply because everyone else has one. I grew up thinking that rebels get tattoos. When you get a tattoo because everyone else has one, is that rebellion? I’d say that’s following a trend …

    And so I’ve resisted any urge to get a tat, cause I’m ‘Born to be Wild’.

    Also, I hear they hurt …

  12. This is another reason why Texas should secede from the Union. This woman sold her soul in an attempt to attract her husband with larger breasts. All of this in the land of the infamous big Boob himself, George W. Bush. Th truth is stranger than fiction, especially in Texas.

  13. FF LEO,


    Motives are the causes or reasons that induce a person to form the intent to commit a crime. They are not the same as intent. Rather, they explains why the person acted to violate the law.

    Read more: http://law.jrank.org/pages/5865/Criminal-Law-Motives.html#ixzz0WTPFbhOl


    But they do weigh heavily and should when they are charged with committing a criminal act. They could possibly lack the mens rea even though they have completed the crime. Two elements to any crime and they are actus rea, which is completed here and mens rea. I am not certain beyond a reasonable doubt that she had the capacity based upon the totality of the circumstance. Madoff is a different class although he is guilty by plea of the crime committed.

    There is a distinction with a difference. If it does not help and she is found guilty of the charged crime then it will certainly help at sentencing, which is a separate hearing after guilt is established.

  14. Sad to say, living in Texas I understand her motivations. When we feel good about our appearance we are more attractive to the opposite sex. The individual is often driven by physical attraction rather than intellectual ability. This is human nature. We may exclaim we are beyond those desires, but we have the basic want/need to procreate as almost all in the animal kingdom do. Even those who profess the soul is their attraction are drawn to the female breast.

  15. nal, I don’t know how old you are, but the terseness of your views on this topic suggest youthfulness. You may wish to consider the possibility that not every married man relishes his spouse for her moral virtue and inner beauty. In the course of practicing law for many years I have listened on more than one occasion to a woman describing a husband who viewed her as a renovation project, like redoing the family room. Unfortunately, there are many men for whom a wife is primarily an ornament to draw attention to himself. I have heard stories of men virtually insisting that their wives have various procedures done to reshape their bodies to conform to some sort of “ideal.” That many women attempt to comply is a psychological mystery that perhaps Mike S. can address. No one is suggesting that the lady in question is incapable of independent thought, but I am not surprised that she believed her enhancement would rekindle her husband’s desire for her. What is most tragic about this story is that her efforts were almost bound to fail in any event because she failed to understand that a relationship built upon such a shallow and selfish foundation seldom survives and never brings happiness.

  16. mespo:

    She is an adult woman responsible for her own actions. She is not a “victim” of society. Vicitmhood portrays her as a puppet who doesn’t have the capacity of independent thought.

    She was desperate for big boobs. She says it was to save her marriage, but I find that reason highly suspect. I would not stay married to a woman just because she had big boobs and I suppose most men feel the same way. Unless her husband had given her specific reasons to think that he would remain married if she had big boobs, then the “saving the marriage” argument is self-delusion designed to mask the real reason.

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