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Deputies: Couple fakes child's terminal illness for money

Fort Walton Beach, FL - Deputies say the suspects set up a fundraiser at Meigs middle school, and a lot of the faculty purchased t-shirts.

Posted: Feb. 3, 2018 1:12 PM
Updated: Feb. 3, 2018 1:12 PM

Fort Walton Beach, FL - Deputies say the suspects set up a fundraiser at Meigs middle school, and a lot of the faculty purchased t-shirts.

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Authorities say Ginny Irovando Long and her husband Edward Long have been charged with nine counts of fraud.

Officials say the 13-year-old has spent the last eight months believing he was going to die from cancer.

Investigators say medical records proved the child did not have brain tumors.

Paulisha Gaines has a daughter that goes to the middle school. She says she's never heard of a parent doing something like this.

"I've heard of the Munchhousen's thing where parents for some odd reason love to keep their kids sick to take care of them and that kind of thing but not in a case like this," Gaines said.

Authorities say there was a GoFundMe account set up by the pair on the child's behalf.
Officials say they've been investigating the couple since Nov. of 2017 when a school resource officer started to become suspicious.

"That’s unheard of. She shouldn't be a parent if she was going to be like that. She’s not only tricking the son, she's tricking the family too. It’s just wrong," Gaines said.

Authorities say the couple also faces a child abuse charge for tricking the boy into thinking he had cancer.

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