An American Fork man who misused money earmarked for a bone marrow transplant has begun serving a 150-day jail sentence.
Craig M. Alder, 54, pleaded guilty in March to one count of communications fraud, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to jail in April by 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding. He also was fined $1,000 and ordered to repay $25,000 plus 12 percent interest.According to court records, Alder asked Payson residents Steve and Elizabeth Laney last year if he could help raise money for their son, Michael, who suffered from cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant. He told the Laneys that he knew a man who would finance the transplant if they could get him $25,000 in good-faith money. The Laneys took out a bank loan for the $25,000 and turned the money over to Alder.
Utah County investigators discovered Alder sent $15,000 of the $25,000 to an Oklahoma man and used the remaining funds for his own personal expenses. Michael Laney entered the hospital on July 31 and had the transplant Aug. 9. He died of pneumonia Aug. 15.