In recent years, fundraising websites such as Fundly and GoFundMe have helped countless people achieve their fundraising goals in hopes of making life a little easier for themselves or someone else. But while these websites were originally created to help others cope with unexpected financial struggles, some people have taken advantage of people’s generosity and have created campaigns to help fund everything from car repairs to exotic vacations.
So it comes as no surprise that someone would find a way to game the system to support their own spending habits, but one Nevada mother pushed the limit when she lied about her son’s death in order to receive donations from friends and strangers.
A woman was arrested for allegedly lying about her child dying in an effort to collect money from others, according to the Carson City Sheriff.
Victoria Morrison was arrested Friday, April 14, on suspicion of collecting money under false pretenses, Sheriff Ken Furlong confirmed to News 4-Fox 11.
Deputies learned from a witness that Morrison, 31, was collecting money from a GoFundMe page saying her child had died. The witness contacted Morrison’s spouse, who said the child was still alive.
A deputy conducted a welfare check and contacted Morrison, who said the child had died, but authorities could not find any death record with the coroner’s office.