MADISON COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina mother is accused of faking her son’s death for money, falsely telling people he was killed in a wreck.
WLOS reported that Donnie Hjeresa faces two counts of obtaining money by false pretense.
The suspect is accused of telling coworkers at Blue Ridge Group Homes that her son died in a car crash in Florida.
Officials said her story sparked a fundraising effort, including a spaghetti lunch. After hundreds of dollars raised, Sheriff Buddy Harwood said it became clear her son is not dead.
"Pretty low to say your sons been killed and your ex-husband is in a coma, that's sorry individual," said Sheriff Buddy Harwood.
The department said it received complaints that helped untangle a web of lies.
The suspect has lied about her sons before to collect cash, according to detectives.
Hjeresa is being held under a $15,000 unsecured bond.