Hudson Valley Man Going to Prison For Pretending to Have Cancer
A Hudson Valley man who pretended that he was battling cancer will be serving time in prison.
Timothy J. Oravec from Poughkeepsie was arrested in April after investigators determined he lied about having cancer to get out of work. The 60-year-old Hudson Valley man was an employee at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Albany when he told his supervisor and coworkers that he was diagnosed with cancer.
Oravec said that his cancer treatments caused him to miss work, so he enrolled in a HUD program that allows employees to donate their hours. Through the program, Oravec's coworkers transferred 694 hours of paid time off to the man who they believed was battling cancer. The District Attorney says that Oravecl used those hours and also forged letters that he claimed were from two cancer care facilities. The letters were handed to management to make them believe that he was being treated for cancer when he was not.
The Department of Justice announced that Oravec was sentenced to serve four months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for committing wire fraud.
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