Woman steals $25,000 from neighbors after falsely claiming that her 6-year-old son had cancer (video)By Mason White 10:55 AM December 2, 2014
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of theft after claiming that her young son had cancer, prosecutors in Colorado said.
Now, the mother of Arapahoe County, who admitted to falsely claiming that her 6-year-old son had cancer, was sentenced to five years probation and 90 days in jail.
29-year-old Arena Nguyen pleaded guilty to defrauding his son’s school and the community of thousands of dollars. Nguyen faced charges of theft and criminal impersonation.
Nguyen admitted to leading people to believe that her son had leukemia because she did not think he was old enough to understand what was happening.
Nguyen faked her son’s leukemia for more than a year, and accepted donations from the community for treatment. The child’s school, Rolling Hills Elementary School, raised money to help her pay for treatments.
The principal of the school told investigators that all students, over 600 of them, offered to help. Some children gave away their allowance money and asked their grandparents to help.
Investigators found $23,000 cash in the woman’s closet. The family made a trip to Disneyland, using the money raised. Nguyen used Facebook, to talk about the illness of her son.
She posted about the procedures, including the need for bone marrow treatment.
A doctor alerted the authorities after discovering that Nguyen’s son wasn’t a patient at the hospital she claimed he was being treated.
The boy told investigators that he believed he had cancer and was going to die. His mother shaved his head every morning before going to school.