Police say Oshawa couple used children to defraud church members of $650,000

An Oshawa couple is facing numerous charges after allegedly using two children to defraud members of a church of more than $650,000.

According to the DRPS, the couple — who are guardians of two children — made people believe the children were suffering from serious health ailments, in particular that one child was suffering from cancer and other with life-threatening diseases.

“Two members of the church came forward to police, reporting they had been led to believe the child was suffering from serious medical issues and the family needed financial support due to the high cost of treatment,” reads a media release.

Police say the victims reported that they provided the family with over $650,000 in cash over the course to two years for rent money, groceries, the purchase of a motor vehicle and other means of financial support.

“The suspects are known to have gone so far as to dress one child in a hospital gown, cover their head in bandages and attach a fake intravenous connection to the child’s arm to convince the victims of the severity of the illness,” a media release reads.

“The suspects continued the ruse by convincing a local school board that one child required the purchase of special equipment and required specialized services to attend school.”

A 60-year-old male and a 50-year-old female from Oshawa are charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000; three counts of false pretenses over $5,000; and two counts of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

The male has also charged with assault.

Both parties, whose names will not be released to protect the identity of the children involved, were held for bail hearings.

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