WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Wallingford Police say 29-year-old Tyler William Tomer was arrested following a lengthy investigation into claims Tomer was faking terminal brain cancer to raise money.
Police say one of Tomer’s relatives tipped them off, saying they believed Tomer was not really sick, and using the money he made through donations for personal expenses.
Lt. Cheryl Bradley told News 8 the investigation into the allegations found Tomer faked doctors’ appointments, shaved his head to appear as if he was going through treatment, and purposely lost weight to appear sick.
Police say Tomer was a star athlete at Sheehan High School, and after learning of his supposed diagnosis, the school held a fundraiser in his honor. More donations were made at a pasta dinner at a middle school in the town as well. Lt. Bradley said a charity golf event was held at Lyman Orchards with more than $10-thousand going directly to Tome. A Go Fund Me page set up by Tomer also raised more than $6,000. In total police say they are aware of more then $22,000 in donations that Tomer put directly into a personal account.
“Something like this is just unfathomable. I mean, all the people out there suffering from cancer, people who have family members suffering from cancer, I mean this is just a punch in the gut to them,” said Lt. Bradley.
Tomer has been charged with Larceny 1st Degree and Larceny 1st Degree by Defrauding a Public Community. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday, February 17th.