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Man fakes brain cancer, collects thousands in donations from public

Police say he shaved his head and took weight loss pills to convince people he was ill.

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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 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 honour.

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.

Tomer allegedly accepted at least $22,000.

He is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court 7 February. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.

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