The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Keele Maynor. She gets the award for the following

A former Chattanooga city employee suspected of lying about having breast cancer, and accepting hundreds of hours of donated leave from her city government co-workers, has been arrested.

According to Sgt. Jerri Weary, Public Information Officer for the Chattanooga police department, a two-month investigation by the City Auditors office and the Chattanooga Police Department has ended in the arrest of the 38-year-old Keele Maynor. Maynor was picked up a short while ago in Union City, Georgia after authorities were notified of her nine count indictment on theft and fraud related charges.


Maynor resigned from her job at Chattanooga’s city hall, leaving behind a mound of questions from angry co-workers. She worked as an administrative assistant in the city’s land development until Dec. 12, when an apparent lie she had been telling for five years, finally caught up to her.

City officials say Keele Maynor received nearly 200 days of leave donated from her coworkers during the five years she was pretending to have breast cancer. In her resignation letter, she said she did have cancer in 2000, but has been cancer free since 2001.

The letter went on to say “I started fabricating this story about cancer in 2003 and it has snowballed and finally came to a head. I am relieved for two reasons. I don’t have to keep up this charade anymore and I am finally getting some help to figure out why I did this in the first place.”

Memorial Hospital notified several charitable organizations who had helped Maynor about her false story, including the Helene DiStefano Fund. That’s where Rachel Houghton got Maynor money to help pay her rent for several months.

This is despicable. I am fighting a battle with cancer and I’ve never asked for help. There are some cancer patients who do need assistance and Maynor basically stole from them. To borrow a line from Jay, she’s lower than whale shit. If I could Keele Maynor the cancer I(or DJ) has, I’d be very happy to, instead I name her today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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