Police: Man used sick son for scam

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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2010 1:14 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Mississippi, Louisiana, cancer, Michael W. Jones, Liberty, Miss., felony theft, fraud, drugs, Concordia, St. Francisville, Kentwood, WBRZ

NATCHEZ, Miss. - Authorities have charged a man with scamming people in Mississippi and Louisiana by raising money for his cancer-stricken son and allegedly spending the cash on narcotics for himself.

Michael W. Jones, a 42-year-old man from Liberty, Miss., was being held Friday on a $10,000 bond.

He's charged with felony theft by fraud.

Sheriff's investigator Phillip Webber told the Natchez Democrat that Jones does have a sick son, but was using the money to buy illegal drugs for himself.

It wasn't immediately clear if Jones had a lawyer.

Police say Jones sold tickets for lunches in Concordia, St. Francisville and Kentwood in Louisiana and in Natchez, Miss.

Police say he never delivered the food.

Some alleged victims also said they gave cash donations.

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