BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish police have arrested a couple suspected of fraud for exaggerating the illness of their child during a public campaign seeking money to pay for her treatment.
A police spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press the arrest of the parents of 11-year-old Nadia Nerea, who has the rare disease trichothiodystrophy. They were arrested in their hometown in the northeastern region of Catalonia late on Wednesday night.
The girl's father, Fernando Blanco, admitted in a recent interview on Spanish television station Antena 3 that he and his wife had exaggerated the seriousness of his daughter's illness to generate interest in her case. On Sunday, the couple posted a statement on the Facebook page created to ask for donations for their daughter saying they would return all the money they had received.