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GoFundMe to refund donors to boy whose parents faked illness

3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago Monday, February 05 2018 Feb 5, 2018 February 05, 2018 12:41 PM February 05, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Anyone who donated to a Florida couple who convinced their 13-year-old son he was dying of brain cancer will get a refund from GoFundMe.

GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne emailed a statement saying the company also has banned 34-year-old Ginny Long and 47-year-old Robert Long from the crowdfunding site.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials say the Longs were arrested Thursday on one count of child abuse and nine counts of fraud.

Detectives say the Longs set up a T-shirt fundraiser at the boy's school and shared the bogus cancer diagnosis on Facebook accounts. Sheriff's officials didn't say how much money they raised through GoFundMe.

They began investigating when school resource officers suspected the boy was being exploited. Jail records didn't list attorneys for the couple.

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