A resident of Adams, New York was recently accused of faking his son’s death, and has now been charged with even more crimes.
He was arrested on Nov. 1, 2022, after allegedly faking his son’s death for money.
Kaleb D. Stevens, 30, told his coworkers that his son had died of stage 3 leukemia. He even went as far as saying it happened on August 4 at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, according to Rochester First.
He lied by saying he needed money to cover the cost of the funeral.
New York State Police investigate the claims made
An investigation was launched that found the man’s son was not sick or dead, he had made the entire thing up.
He was arrested on Oct. 9 for fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud.
Stevens was previously an employee for FineLine Constructors LLC, where he began to have “breakdowns at work” in August of this year.
After this, he told his coworkers and bosses that his son had died from cancer.
Stevens also told workers the family was distraught because they could not afford a funeral for his son Carter because they were recently scammed.
It wasn’t just people Stevens scammed, he scammed FineLine Constructors LLC as well.
A GoFundMe was set up where employees donated as well as giving cash donations. He also used 32.5 hours of bereavement from FineLine Constructors LLC, totaling $510.
Cash donations were worth $1,070.
Stevens was then arrested on additional charges and issued an appearance ticket for Jefferson County.
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