Police: Couple Fakes Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Death in Scam for Money
From the annals of shame comes a jaw dropping story out of Pennsylvania where a couple is accused of faking a pregnancy, child birth and infant death in what police believe was all a scam to ripoff friends and family.
Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang allegedly concocted all of it, then collected money, gift certificates and more. Court documents filed last week appear to show that not only did their newborn child not die suddenly, there never even was a child.
As reported via multiple outlets including ABCNews.com, the Lang's now face charges of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking of movable property and receiving stolen property:
An unnamed woman told police she made a GoFundMe page for the Langs at the request of Geoffrey Lang's mother, according to court documents. The woman said Kaycee Lang helped write a paragraph describing the need for money, documents said.
More than $600 in gift cards, groceries, gas money and cash were allegedly donated to the Langs, according to documents. One woman told police she gave the Langs money to help pay for the urn.
Another woman said she was invited to the baby shower and gave the couple clothes, diapers and wipes, according to documents.
Even more stunning, the couple allegedly posted photos on Facebook of a newborn look-a-like doll to continue to sell their story. Hours later, they claimed, the baby suddenly died of Respiratory Distress Syndrome, according to reports.
However, both the hospital where the couple claimed to have given birth, and the funeral home they claimed had cremated their child's remains, had no records of mother or child.
Police say when they searched the couples home they discovered a lifelike doll - presumably the one they used in pictures to 'sell' the tragedy and garner sympathy - along with an urn that had the baby's name, Easton Walt Lang, on it.