California authorities say three women face criminal charges after they allegedly made up a story of a child's funeral in a scheme to collect money, ktla.com reports.

The women allegedly made signs and received cash donations totaling $1,000 from drivers passing through their Covina, Calif., neighborhood, according to the website. 

A witness, who had seen the women holding up the signs, reportedly called police on Friday. 

The women allegedly claimed that the money was going toward a funeral for a boy killed in a car accident. But their story quickly fell apart under police interrogation. 

The women are reportedly facing fraud charges.

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