Police are currently investigating whether or not Shivonie Deokaran scammed hundreds of people into donating over $60K towards her medical bills for her alleged terminal illness.
According to Inside Edition, Deokaran was known in her Westchester County community as the owner of a local Indian restaurant. Last summer, one of Deokaran’s two son’s as well as a friend set up a GoFundMe after she announced that she had leukemia and needed help paying her medical bills.
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser held by her son’s high school football team raised more than $16,000 for the single mom. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner stepped into to help raising $12,000 and the Go Fund Me raised $25,000.
Deokaran, recently closed down her restaurant then she, her son’s and her boyfriend, Nikhlesh Parekh left New York and moved to Florida. Police have been trying to get into touch with the woman to confirm the legitimacy of her condition.
‘It’s an open investigation,’ said Ardsley Police Officer Tony Vacca.
Parekh claims Deokaran is dying but has stopped chemotherapy and is receiving alternative health treatments.