Enquirer Herald

Alleged cancer-kid scam nets York County victim

A York man reported he was a victim of a Rock Hill scammer whom police said was falsely claiming his son had cancer while soliciting donations, according to a police report.

The man told York County deputies Thursday that earlier in the week he wrote a check for $30 after speaking with William Lorenzo Moffitt, 28. Moffitt implied the money was for medical bills, the report states.

Rock Hill police arrested Moffitt on Tuesday, charging him with unlawfully carrying a weapon, soliciting without a permit and obtaining goods by false pretense, according to a Rock Hill Police report. Officers received complaints of a suspicious man soliciting funds for a sick child. Officers found Moffitt carrying an address book and black folder with his son’s picture and medical information, the Rock Hill report stated.

Moffitt told Rock Hill police he was going door-to-door to raise money because his son had a brain tumor and he needed money to have it removed, according to the report.

Moffitt’s family later told police that Moffitt’s son is “very healthy” and doesn’t have a tumor.

Rock Hill police had not reported any victims in the city cases but the county case involved a victim from York who read in the paper that Moffitt had been arrested, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Moffitt was released Thursday after posting $3,600 bond, county jail officials said.