Mother accused of faking 6-year-old son’s cancer, accepting $25,000 in donations

Published by on March 16, 2014

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An Arapahoe County mother has been arrested for allegedly perpetrating a hoax that her 6-year-old son had cancer and accepting $25,000 in community donations that she used to take her family to Disneyland, authorities said Friday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Captain Larry Etheridge said Sandy Thi Nguyen convinced her son and other family members that he had cancer.

Ethridge said. “The little boy believed he had cancer. The rest of the family believed he had cancer.”

Sheriff’s investigators recovered $23,000 in cash when they executed a search warrant at the Nguyen family home on Thursday. Investigators then arrested the 28-year-old mother on investigation of theft and criminal impersonation to gain benefit, both felony charges.

Nguyen has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

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