Police say 36 year old Stephen Bacchiochi faked having brain cancer, then urged merchants to collect money for his treatment. But when the donations grew, so did doubts about his story.

Also arrested was the suspect's girlfriend, 31 year old Christine Joyce Stover-Cullen. Trumbull police say it was an unusually large donation that started cops on his trail. Donation canisters were set up in several Trumbull businesses. But it was a lone $500 check that began the investigation.

The woman who wrote the check said she became suspicious and that started a police investigation. Both were arraigned on Wednesday on larceny, forgery and conspiracy charges.