Merchants say Bacchiocchi's girlfriend would empty the cans a couple of times a week and leave updates about his condition, but police say it was all a scam.
There had been some suspicion, but the police investigation was launched after a hometown star made a big contribution.
Actor Justin Long who grew up in Fairfield was so moved, he wrote a check for 5-thousand dollars and left 200 dollars more in cash at a restaurant. The general manager says Bacciochi's reaction was so suspicious he reluctantly notified police.
Police arrested the 36-year old after he provided documentation on hospital letterhead, which they say was also forged.
Police say people should exercise caution when making donations.
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