Man faked brain tumor on online fundraising site, cops say

HILLSDALE – An unemployed Washington Township man feigned having a cancerous brain tumor for two months to solicit donations of money and food, authorities alleged on Friday.

Joseph O’Connell

Joseph O’Connell, 29, is charged with one count of theft by deception and faces a Nov. 1 court hearing, according to Hillsdale police Det. Bill Diedtrich.

In late summer, O’Connell allegedly claimed in an online post that he was ill and fighting cancer. His claims were posted to, which allows people to organize donations for themselves or friends after birth, surgery or illness.

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Source: Bergen

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