Accused cancer scammer cancels appointment with Dr. Phil

Victoria Marut

There will now be no visit to the Dr. Phil show for a former Kirksville woman charged with pretending to have cancer.

Kirksville Attorney Benjamin Gray confirmed to KTVO this afternoon that his client Victoria Marut, has pulled out of an appearance on the Dr. Phil TV show scheduled to be taped on Monday.

Gray said Marut made her decision Thursday night and said he wouldnâ??t elaborate on a reason why she decided to cancel the appearance.

Marut is charged with forgery and stealing by deceit in the case and remains free on bond. Her next court appearance is set for February 4th.

Marut, a Truman University student, was doing her internship at Kirksville Primary School last fall when officials allege she pretended to have terminal cancer and told teachers and staff she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

According to court papers, officials were able to confirm that Marut was not in treatment for cancer and had submitted forged documentation of a cancer diagnosis.

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