Couple arrested after faking son's cancer for donations

$3,000 was raised from GoFundMe

Cayuga County Sheriff's Office via CNN

A couple from New York was arrested after police found they lied about their son having cancer with the intent to collect money from donors.

A couple from New York was arrested after police found they lied about their son having cancer with the intent to collect money from donors.

Martin and Jolene LaFrance were charged Friday with scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. The couple brought in more than $3,000 in donations and was also invited to a Syracuse University football practice in August 2017 after alleging their 9-year-old son suffered from Hodgkin lymphoma.

GoFundMe announced Monday that anyone who donated to the LaFrance's through its site will receive a refund.

CBS News reports there is no indication the child knew about the scam.

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