Prosecutors: Court date postponed for cancer-fraud casePosted: Updated:
Court was postponed today for a former Ardsley woman who police who say defrauded donors by claiming she had terminal cancer.
Today, a judge granted a continuance in the proceedings against Vedoutie Hoobraj, also known as Shivonie Deokaran, who prosecutors say pretended to have terminal cancer in order to prey on people's sympathies. No future court date is set as of yet.
Investigators say Hoobraj received more than $50,000 in donations from two GoFundMe webpages, and accepted money raised by the Ardsley football team, all to fund her medical care.
But Ardsley police launched an investigation after some in the community became suspicious, and they eventually brought the case to the FBI.
Not long after the investigation began, the 38-year-old single mother packed up and moved away from Westchester. She was arrested in Orlando, Florida and charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.