Charges accuse 2 Ohio teens of cancer scam theft

Police grant money

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) – A northwest Ohio prosecutor says two teenage boys accused of soliciting donations for nonexistent cancer patients have been charged with theft as juveniles.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson tells The Courier in Findlay that investigators are still trying to determine how much money the teens collected through the alleged scam.

Police say the two Elmwood students visited homes in Hancock and Wood counties, asking for donations for a cancer-stricken student or teacher from their district. Authorities say there was no such person.

Dobson alleges a 17-year-old student came up with the scheme and got help from a 14-year-old student.

Elmwood Superintendent Tony Borton says it wasn’t a sanctioned solicitation effort. Borton says information will be provided to verify the authenticity of future school fundraisers.

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