Florida couple arrested for faking their son's brain cancer - KCTV5 News

Florida couple arrested for faking their son's brain cancer

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(Meredith) -- A couple in Fort Walton Beach, Florida is charged with faking their son's brain cancer for financial gain. Their 13-year-old son spent the last eight months believing that he was going to die from terminal brain cancer, but after an investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the entire illness turned out to be a scam.

34-year-old Ginny Irovando Long and her 47-year-old husband Robert Edward Long set up a fundraiser on the website GoFundMe, which raised over 1 thousand dollars, and sold T-shirts at their son's school. The fundraisers were supposed to be raising money for their son's medical bills.

The boy's School Resource Officer became suspicious and contacted the police. The police spoke with the son who said Irovando told him he was going to die due to brain cancer back in May 2017. He said it scared him and he didn’t like to talk about it. The investigation revealed his medical records showed no brain tumors ever existed.

The couple was arrested on February 1. They've been charged with child abuse and fraud.

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