FloridaMan fakes Cancer, steals more than $85,000 in donations
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Jason Depretis, from North Port, was arrested on August 11th, after an investigation by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office found that he had fraudulently raised more than $85,000 after claiming he was diagnosed with cancer.
Depretis has been accused of scamming Charlotte County Businesses and others, by creating fake fundraisers and fraudulent medical bills, which he used to claim he had a severe form of cancer.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, family and friends of Depretis created two GoFundMe accounts and one Facebook Fundraiser account to collect donations for his cancer treatment.
Problem is, DUDE DIDN’T HAVE CANCER! He was busted after a local business owner that gave Depretis cash for his cancer treatments noticed the man looked pretty healthy for a dude with cancer.
According to NBC 2 News, “a local business and employer for one of his family member’s noticed a need when a cash advance was requested and offered to help the family. The family member was trying to assist with the cost of treatment and had already given a large amount of money.
The business owner received 229 pages of documents consisting of letters, bills, and invoices from several different medical providers between October 2019 and January 2020. Charlotte County deputies said at the time, the owner gave the cash to cover the provided medical expenses.
The business became suspicious when they realized Depretis seemed healthy. A business representative tried to go with Depretis to pay the bills on his behalf and directly to the provider, but he got agitated and wouldn’t allow it saying it was a violation of HIPAA.
The representative went to pay the bills in person, which is when they found out he was not a patient of the medical providers they received documents for. Charlotte County deputies said the representative followed him to several other providers and none of them had him as a patient.”
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department’s Economic Crimes detectives investigated and arrested Depretis for scheming to defraud 50K or more.
In all, 229 documents were counterfeit and were created fraudulently by Depretis.
Detectives confirmed he received over $85,000 in donations.
Depretis was arrested by North Port and is being extradited to the Charlotte County Jail.
(SOURCE: NBC 2 News)
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