WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man shaved his head and took weight loss pills to convince people he had stage 3 brain cancer and collect thousands in donations.
Tyler Tomer, of Wallingford, was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny and first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community.
Police say an investigation started in May after they received complaints that a man claiming to have cancer was collecting donations at benefits in his honor.
Police say there have been multiple benefits for the 29-year-old Tomer in Connecticut and Kansas. They say medical records determined he was never diagnosed with cancer.
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Tomer allegedly accepted at least $22,000.
He is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 17. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges.