Two Riverton women will face charges in 3rd District Court for allegedly keeping money they helped collect to cover the expenses of medical care for a boy with cancer.
Prosecutors say the women, ages 23 and 19, set up collection boxes at yard sales and in small businesses, collecting about $1,500 for the boy's family. Charges state the women kept the money instead of giving it to the family. They then told police they gave the money to a friend but said they could not remember the friend's name, charges state.
A man later told police one of the women offered to give him $500 if he would lie to police about the money, saying it was given to him to help cover expenses for care of his ailing father.
The 23-year-old is charged with one count of tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony that carries up to five years in state prison and $5,000 in fines. She also faces one count of theft by deception.
The 19-year-old faces one count of theft by deception.