February 2, 2018 7:25 pm

Florida parents lied to their son about having brain cancer to raise money: police

Ginny Irovando Long and Robert Long seen in a police handout photo.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say a Florida couple lied to their 13-year-old son about having brain cancer so they could use his fictitious illness to raise money for nonexistent medical expenses.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says on social media that 34-year old Ginny Long and 47-year old Robert Long were arrested Thursday and charged with one count of child abuse and nine counts of fraud.

Detectives say the Longs set up a T-shirt fundraiser for the boy at his school last May and shared the bogus cancer diagnosis on their Facebook accounts. A GoFundMe site was also set up for the boy. The sheriff’s office didn’t say how much money was raised.

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The sheriff’s office began investigating in November, after school resource officers began to suspect the boy was being exploited.

Jail records didn’t list attorneys for the Longs.

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