Oshawa couple charged after allegedly scamming friends out of $650K, pretending child had cancer

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Durham Regional Police say a couple faked kids' illnesses to scam more than $650,000 from church goers. Investigators with the DRPS fraud unit say at one point, the pair dressed one child in a hospital gown and attached a fake IV to their side. Frazer Snowdon has more. – Nov 4, 2020

OSHAWA — Police say a husband and wife are facing numerous charges after allegedly pretending two children in their care were ill in order to defraud members of a church of more than $650,000.

Durham regional police allege the couple, who are guardians of the two children, made people believe the kids were suffering from serious diseases including cancer.

The force says two members of the church reported the couple to police.

Police say church members gave the family more than $650,000 in cash, rent money, groceries, the purchase of a motor vehicle and other financial support over a two-year span.

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A 60-year-old man and 50-year-old woman from Oshawa, Ont., are charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of false pretenses over $5,000, and two counts of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

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The man has also been charged with assault.

Investigators allege that the suspects went so far as to dress one child in a hospital gown, cover their head in bandages and attach a fake intravenous connection to the child’s arm to convince people of the severity of the apparent illness.

Police also said that the suspects convinced a local school board that one child needed special equipment and services to attend class.