Prosecutors accused a woman of fundraising for her son's funeral, when in reality she had given the boy up for adoption
Holly Garcia is featured in a mug shot released October 8th by the Burlington County Attorney's Office. Facebook / Burlington County Prosecutor's Office
New Jersey prosecutors have accused a woman of setting up a fraudulent GoFundMe page to raise money for her son's funeral, claiming he died of cancer.
In reality, the boy is alive and the woman put him up for adoption, prosecutors said. The boy's adoptive parents alerted law enforcement about the fundraiser's page in June.
Holly Garcia, 33, was arrested on September 24th and charged with second degree cybercrime and attempted third degree theft through fraud.
GoFundMe later closed several fictional campaigns set up by Garcia after being alerted by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors said. She was never able to collect the $ 11,000 she requested, they added.
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A 33-year-old woman was charged with launching a fraudulent GoFundMe campaign claiming she had raised money for her son's funeral. In reality, she put the four-year-old boy up for adoption, according to New Jersey prosecutors.
In a Facebook post on Thursday about the case, Burlington County prosecutors said the boy's adoptive parents had alerted law enforcement officials back in June about a GoFundMe campaign that used a picture of their son. This fund asked for money to help finance the funeral of a boy who died of cancer.
An investigation revealed that the campaign was started by Holly Garcia, the boy's birth mother, who had signed her parental rights, prosecutors said.
"Further research revealed that Garcia had launched several fictional GoFundMe campaigns to raise funds for: an urn for the ashes of her dead son; helping her 4-year-old son, who is blind in one eye (and his father had died); helping her unborn child, a stroller for her two-month-old son who was born prematurely, and helping raise rental money for an apartment for claiming she was four months pregnant and homeless, "said it in the facebook post.
Garcia was arrested on September 24 and released last week, prosecutors said Thursday. She was charged with second degree cybercrime and attempted third degree theft through fraud.
Your case will now go to a grand jury on a possible charge, the office said.
Prosecutors said GoFundMe halted Garcia's campaigns after being briefed by law enforcement and was never able to collect the $ 11,350 it requested. Insider contacted GoFundMe for further comments.
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