Settings

Home Site
Notification
Push Notifications
Contact Us
Garfield-Lodi Daily Voice serves Garfield-Lodi, NJ

Menu

Garfield-Lodi Daily Voice serves Garfield-Lodi, NJ

Nearby Towns

DV Pilot police & fire

Hillsdale PD: Washington Twp Man Faked Brain Tumor To Collect Donations

Joseph O'Connell
Joseph O'Connell Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Hillsdale PD

HILLSDALE, N.J. -- A Washington Township man pretended he had a cancerous brain tumor to scam people out of several hundred dollars in donations, authorities charged.

Joseph O'Connell, 29, was charged with theft by deception by Hillsdale police.

Police earlier this month "received information that O’Connell, who claimed to be ill, was receiving donations to help him in his fight against a cancerous brain tumor," Detective Bill Diedtrich said Friday.

"The tip questioned the veracity of O'Connell's illness and the legitimacy of his need for donations," the detective said.

Investigators determined that he "was not ill and was merely

soliciting donations and food for his own personal use," Diedtrich said.

O'Connell was released on a summons to appear Nov. 1 in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Garfield-Lodi Daily Voice!

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.