Sheriff Larry Amerson said Sandra Lloyd, the mother of a Wellborn Elementary School student, told teachers that her son was receiving treatments for colon cancer.
Lloyd is charged with first-degree theft by deception, a felony, Amerson said.
He said Lloyd received donations from teachers and local businesses. The family was given gift cards, money, food and help with transportation for hospital visits to Memphis and Birmingham.
One local business even gave the family a van for a nominal fee, Amerson said.
“She would give people regular updates and would specify hospitals the child was receiving treatment from,” he said.
On April 19, Lloyd was arrested on a charge of failure to appear in court on a traffic violation, Amerson said.
“That’s when the story unraveled,” he said.
A teacher contacted a family member of the boy and mentioned the child’s treatment, Amerson said.
The relative did not know anything about the child having cancer, the sheriff said.
Amerson said today that his office was still investigating the incident. He added that Lloyd’s current charges only involve the donated vehicle, and it’s likely more counts of theft will be added.
Amerson said that on Monday he will meet with a group of people who donated money and items to Lloyd to discuss additional charges.
“It’s certainly a sad situation where someone would lie and take advantage of someone’s generosity,” Amerson said.
Lloyd was in the Calhoun County Jail Friday evening on a $8,000 bond.
Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.