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State police say father faked his son’s death to gain sympathy, donations

State police say an Upstate New York man faked his son’s death to collect donations.

Kaleb Stevens, 30, of Adams was charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud. Both of the charges are felonies due to the severity of the allegations.

Stevens is accused of defrauding at least two individuals by soliciting donations for expenses he said were incurred during the death of his 4-year-old son.


He told the complainants that his son was diagnosed with stage three Leukemia and that he passed away on August 4th at St. Jude’s Hospital.

Police say Stevens even told his co-workers that he needed money for his son’s funeral.

However, an investigation determined that Steven’s son was not sick or deceased- and that he made up the entire story to gain sympathy and donations.

He was issued an appearance ticket to answer the charges in Jefferson County Court on October 28th.



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