Fairfield man allegedly fakes illness to raise money

Many Fairfield businesses have helped raise money for a resident who claimed to be suffering from cancer by placing a collection jar on their counters.

FAIRFIELD - Many Fairfield businesses have helped raise money for a resident who claimed to be suffering from cancer by placing a collection jar on their counters. But recently, there is reason to believe the man in need may not actually have cancer.

?He had stage four cancer and they had lost their home ,? says Rich Herzfeld, of the Chef?s Table. ?Really pulled on our heart strings. It was a pretty intense story. Pretty dramatic.?

Chef?s Table employees donated their tips and a local celebrity donated $5,000. But recently, Herzfeld says the facts just didn?t add up about the man they were helping and his medical condition. Herzfeld contacted the Fairfield Police Department to find out if the man was indeed sick.

Police Capt. Robert Comers says the man told detectives he did have cancer and offered proof.

?There was a letter that he produced from a doctor indicating he had a medical condition,? Comers says. ?We were able to establish that letter was in fact a forgery.?

Police can?t access the man?s medical records because of privacy laws. They also say a lack of evidence prevents them from issuing a warrant. They have also found out that the man has moved from his last address, and they do not have new information about his residence.

About 10 businesses in town had the collection cans but have now removed them.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

They say crews arrived shortly after receiving a 1 Woman killed in Norwalk fire
The incident happened at 4700 block of Main 2 Driver trapped in car after Bridgeport crash
The car went off of Stillwater Road into 3 Car crash sends two people into a ditch
Nassau Police say they arrested a 23-year-old man 4 Police: Uber driver beaten unconscious by passenger
Catch 5 LI Winter: Theaters add extra shows for winter break

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE