Police: Cancer case was a con

February 18, 2009 9:06:39 PM PST
From delis to the Dairy Queen to liquor stores, they sat on counters in Fairfield businesses for months last summer. The plastic cans were used for collecting donations. The story was heartbreaking. Stephen Bacchiocchi was suffering from a rare form of brain cancer and was broke.

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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