Cancer

Woman accused of faking brain cancer, collecting donations

Alicia Pierini
Alicia Pierini

WOONSOCKET, R.I. —

A woman who is accused of having told friends and family members that she had a brain tumor, then collecting approximately $28,000 in donations is now facing charges for fraud.

Rhode Island State Police said they began to investigate Alicia Pierini, 35, of Woonsocket, in May after someone complained that she was lying.

“The investigation revealed that Ms. Pierini had advised friends and family members that she had a brain tumor or brain cancer,” RISP wrote.

As a result of her claims, a GoFundMe account was opened in her name. State police said that account collected nearly $28,000 in donations.

“As time went on, friends and family members became suspicious of…