Updated: March 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm
DENVER — An Arapahoe County woman accused of falsely saying her 6-year-old son had cancer in order to collect thousands of dollars in charitable contributions has been formally charged.
KUSA-TV reports 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen (WIN) appeared in court Wednesday on charges of felony theft, charitable fraud and child abuse.
Police say she convinced her son, family and others in the community that the boy had cancer and was receiving treatment since about September 2012.
Various community and school fundraisers raised some $25,000 for the family, and police say Nguyen took at least $16,000 of that money to pay for a trip to Disneyland with her family.
Nguyen is scheduled to appear in court again April 11.