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Mom fakes son's cancer for donations


A mom in Colorado is in trouble with the law for lying about her son's fake illness--and collecting money for it.

She said her son was battling cancer. People donated to the cause and the family took a Disney vacation. Neighbors were shocked when details of the plot started to unravel.

This Facebook photo shows Sandy Nguyen and her family at Disneyland. A trip investigators believe was paid for with donations. Friends and family gave $25,000 believing her 6-year-old son had cancer.

"My reaction is, 'I can't believe it.'"

Tim Sullivan is a neighbor who used to visit the family's home and recently saw the boy with a shaved head. But he and other neighbors say Nguyen never asked them for money.

"If my son -- I'd be going to my neighbors if they could help me, and if they did that, I'd reach into my wallet to help them."

That's what classmates and parents did at Rolling Hills Elementary. Students donated quarters and paid extra to wear a hat to school and teachers paid to wear jeans. They raised $25,000 since September and held a 5k race.

This photo shows Nguyen's family wearing matching shirts for a 5k run-walk that raised money for her son. We've blurred his name from the front of the shirts.

And at the Southlands Salon where Nguyen works. Stylists tell me they had just found out about her arrest. Many donated money believing her son was ill.