Couple Accused of Faking Baby's Birth, Death in Charity Scam

18 Août, 2019, 10:00 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • US Couple Fakes Pregnancy Gets Busted After Trying to Pass Off Doll As Baby Son and Raise Money via GoFundMe

A Pennsylvania couple has been accused of faking the birth and death of their baby in order to dupe their family and friends into giving them more than $600 in donations and gifts.

State police on Thursday charged Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang with theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property.

Kaycee's friend Cynthia Dilasio, who reported the couple to the police, claims that this isn't the first time the woman said she "lost" a baby. During a search at the couple's home, the police could not find any record, but a doll that looks exactly the same that Kaycee uploaded on her Facebook.

The couple subsequently set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the alleged expenses, which received multiple donations from the Langs' friends and family.

A baby shower was arranged for the couple in May, before Kaycee claimed she needed to be on bed rest for the final two months of her pregnancy.

"The baby died from fluid in his lungs and his heart rate dropping below 50 bpm", Geoffrey Lang allegedly told police, adding that his wife was discharged shortly after the death, according to documents.

The Langs claimed the baby was cremated at Hindman Funeral Home, but the funeral home said they did not cremate anyone by the name of Easton Lang.

In an August 5 interview, Geoffrey Lang told state troopers that he wasn't at the hospital when his baby was born and died, according to a probable cause affidavit against him.

'Easton's parents were blessed with just a little over 5 hours before he went to his heavenly home at 8.20 am, ' the obituary said.

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Dilascio told CNN Friday she had her suspicions about Kaycee Lang's pregnancy along the way, saying she wasn't really showing but didn't think more of it.

The obituary invites people to plant a tree in memory of Easton.

They checked with the Cambria County and Somerset County coroners' offices, the hospital in Johnstown, and the OB/GYN, and there was no record for baby Easton or Kaycee Lang.

GoFundMe said the page raised 15 donations totaling $550 - but the site says those donations will now be returned. "You're not doing it to strangers, you're doing it to people who care about you". "It's sick", Dilascio said.

'We have a zero tolerance policy for any misuse on the platform. "We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors".

They do not yet have attorneys.

'This type of behavior is not tolerated on GoFundMe.

The couple is now facing misdemeanour theft charges and is due to appear in court.

A pretrial hearing for the couple has been scheduled for October 1.



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