Single mom of two ‘fakes terminal cancer to scam community out of $60k and even a therapy dog before skipping town’

A New York mom of two teenage boys is accused of duping her friends out of $60,000 by faking terminal cancer.

(Article by Alexandra Klausner)

Outraged former pals of single mom Shivonie Deokaran say that the Ardsley woman posted photos to a Go Fund me site on which claimed she had leukemia and just 18 months to live.

The fundraising site to cover the woman’s ‘mounting medical bills’ has since been taken down.

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Single mom: Shivonie Deokaran (pictured) is accused of moving to Florida with her two sons (one is pictured above) after allegedly faking cancer and scamming her community out of $60,000 in donations

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Fundraising site: Outraged former pals of single mom Shivonie Deokaran say that the Ardsley woman posted photos to a Go Fund me site on which claimed she had leukemia and just 18 months to live

Donations poured in from concerned neighbors and even the Town Supervisor Paul Feiner stepped into to help, according to CW39.

Feiner raised $12,000 and the Go Fund Me raised $25,000. In addition to large chunks of money, people even chipped in to buy Deokaran a therapy dog named Gia.

In November, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser held by her son’s high school football team raised more than $16,000, according to Inside Edition.

When cops asked for medical records to prove Deokaran’s diagnosis, they say that she closed her Indian restaurant and moved with her family to Florida.

‘It’s an open investigation,’ Ardsley Police Officer Tony Vacca told Inside Edition on Monday.

‘That’s all we can elaborate on. We don’t want to jeopardize the case.’

‘It’s disappointing that somebody would do that,’ firefighter John Clear said.

In a phone interview with Inside Edition, Deokaran’s boyfriend, Nikhlesh Parekh, said Deokaran’s moved to Florida in February for her health needs.

He said she is dying but has stopped chemotherapy and is receiving alternative health treatments. 

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Team effort: Deokaran is pictured here with her twon sons and her boyfriend. her family is said to have helped her to raise fund for her alleged illness

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Help from her sons: In November, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser held by her son’s high school football team raised more than $16,000

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