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Man accused of faking cancer diagnosis and collecting donations

Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 19:10:36-04

A North Port man is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis and scamming people out of $85,000 in donations.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's office says Jason Depretis faked medical documents from several providers.

Investigators say he also claimed he had a severe form of cancer.

Family and friends who were concerned created several fundraising accounts to collect donations for his treatments.

Depretis is now charged with a scheme to defraud of $50,000 or more.