Photo: Killeen Police Department
A Texas man named Brian Bonniwell, 33, has been sentenced to two years in state prison for leading people to believe he suffered from a rare form of cancer, reports Click2Houston.com.Last year, Bonniwell, who went under the alias Brian Fisher, held a car show called “Battle for Brian” to raise money for treatment, according to Killeen Herald. Bonniwell convinced people to offer $1,500 in donations and repair his truck.
An anonymous tip uncovered the scam, but many, including the woman who helped organise “Battle for Brian,” didn’t catch on to the scheme until later.
In addition to serving in state prison for two years, Bonniwell must return the donations, surrender his truck and pay a $1,000 fine. He has also been slapped with another five-year sentence for giving his probation officer fake documents regarding his terminal illness.