Woman sentenced after falsely telling 13-year-old son he is dying from cancer

Ginny Irovando will spend time in prison for making up a story about her son having cancer and fundraising for his funeral. (WJHG/WECP)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Ginny Irovando, 36, was sentenced on Tuesday to 26 months for one count of child abuse, contributing to the dependency of a minor, and of organized fraud after Irovando falsely told her 13-year-old son he was dying from cancer.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families learned in November 2017, Irovando was raising money for her son who she told people had terminal cancer when he did not.

Investigators say that she told her son's school staff and the boy's older brother the same and made t-shirts to raise money for the child's funeral.

Irovando also made funeral arrangements for her son.

Records show that the child did not have cancer and had never been diagnosed with cancer.

Irovando was charged with child abuse for the mental harm of her son and was also charged with organized fraud for selling t-shirts for profit.

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