Police: Women collecting funeral money for boy who is still alive

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    Update: The two wanted women went to the police department to sort out the matter. As of Oct. 2, no charges have been filed and the investigation continues. Because the women have been located and no charges are filed, their photos have been removed from this story, pending the outcome of the investigation.

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Two women are allegedly using a 5-year-old boy battling a brain tumor to get fake donations.

    Russellville police want to get the word out to businesses about the alleged scam.

    "Heroes for Carter" was started for 5-year old Carter Nuckols, a Russellville boy with an inoperable brain tumor.

    Officer Drew Latch with the Russellville Police Department says the women are soliciting donations for a charity they don't represent.

    "They're saying that the child has died and that they're raising money for his funeral."

    The problem, Carter is still alive and being cared for at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

    Carter's dad, Michael Nuckols, is a Russellville police officer and says this scam is disheartening.

    "You take advantage of not only good people, but of a bad situation and try to use it for your own needs. You're messed up somewhere," said Nuckols.

    Ofc. Latch says police now want to get the word out to other businesses in the area, so they don't fall victim to the scheme.

    "Some of these people knew that he had not passed away and (wondered) why in the world were these people here raising money for it," said Ofc. Latch. 

    Tobacco Town and Standard Supply in Russellville are among some the businesses targeted by the women.

    It's a scam that Nuckols says is hitting his family hard.

    "I'm pretty angry. I mean we're not asking anybody. One, we're not asking anybody to collect donations, we're not asking anybody to donate. What we're asking from family and friends is prayers, that's what he needs."

    Nucklos says the 2 suspects are also in need of some help.

    "People need to pray for them, too, right now."

    If you have any information about the suspects you're asked to call Russellville police at (479) 968-3232.



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