A Georgia man is accused of creating a bogus GoFundMe to raise money for a teen football player’s memorial — but then pocketing the funds meant for the grieving family, according to officials.
Justus Hughley, 22, was arrested on computer theft charges for allegedly stealing money intended for the family of Dylan Thomas, a Pike County High School linebacker who fatally collapsed Sept. 30 on the field, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Thomas was 16 years old when he sustained a severe brain injury that sent him into cardiac arrest during a high school football game.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that they obtained several subpoenas before identifying Hughley as the alleged perpetrator behind the fake GoFundMe page.
He allegedly used a bank account in Iowa to transfer funds from the GoFundMe to his personal account.
Authorities arrested Hughley and booked him into Pike County Jail, where he remains without bond, according to officials.
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