Arapahoe County woman accused in son cancer scam

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Arapahoe County authorities accuse a woman of falsely saying her 6-year-old son had cancer in order to collect thousands of dollars in charitable contributions.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen (WIN) was arrested Thursday on initial charges of theft between $20,000 and $99,000 and criminal impersonation, both felonies.

Police say Nguyen convinced her son, family and others in the community that her son had cancer and was receiving treatment since about September 2012.

Various community and school fundraisers raised some $25,000 for the family. Police said Nguyen took at least $16,000 of that money and paid for a trip to Disneyland with her family with the donated money.

Police say Nguyen was taken into custody and was being held in the county jail on $6,000 bail.

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