Channel 4 has apparently been duped by a guy posing as a homeless man battling cancer who lives in a van (down by the river?) with his wife and kids.
The Herald’s Joan Fleischman has the details in her latest column. WFOR ran a story recently in which reporter Ted Scouten told viewers about a newly homeless guy that was turned away from a Hot 105 gas give away promotion. And that he and his wife and 3 kids lived in a van. Then they asked people to donate by calling Neighbors4Neighbors. And the station and HOT 105 gave him $200 Publix gift cards.
After the story ran Hot 105 got calls from a Miami-Dade Police Department officer and from one of the guy’s cousins telling them they’ve been had. Acording to the cousin and the MDPD officer the guy wasn’t homeless, had no cancer.
The fake needy dude paid a visit at the Hot 105 studios where Scouten confronted him but ultimately kept the $200 gift card. WFOR is returning the donations to viewers who called to help.
Video of the story on CBS4.com