Man accused of faking cancer for donations pleads not guilty - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man accused of faking cancer for donations pleads not guilty

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Tyler Tomer leaving a previous court appearance. (WFSB) Tyler Tomer leaving a previous court appearance. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A Wallingford man accused of faking cancer to steal tens of thousands of dollars from two communities in separate states plead not guilty on Thursday.

Tyler Tomer, 29, appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday.

Police said they charged Tomer with larceny by defrauding a public community after he took $22,000 from the people of Wallingford.

Eyewitness News cameras were rolling the last time Tomer was in court. However, he didn't make a comment.

Some of his family members tried to keep the cameras away. Police said many of them were also fooled by Tomer's scheme. A few of them knew what was happening but didn't come forward until they were questioned by officers.

Tomer told people that he had a rare form of brain cancer and had between 6 and 9 months to live.

He allegedly accepted donations through an online GoFundMe webpage, a pasta dinner and a golf tournament.

Police said similar fundraisers were held in Kansas, where he also lived for awhile.

"For something like to this to happen, I think everyone feels betrayed," said Matt Thurston of Wallingford.

Police said it was Tomer's partying lifestyle that finally tipped them off. He was arrested over the summer for driving under the influence.

He is currently out on bond and is due back in court at the end of the month.

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