Cancer fraud got man Disneyland vacation, say Utah police

Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie wave to a crowd of people in front the Sleeping Beauty Castle during the 50th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. on July 17, 2005.
Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie pose at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

(CBS/AP) SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah man has been charged with fraud after he allegedly faked terminal cancer and got a family trip to Disneyland out of the deal.

Authorities say a Mormon congregation threw a fundraiser for Jeffrey Averett of South Jordan in September 2011 to send him and his family on a "final" vacation.

Police say they found transactions at Southern California cities and Disneyland between Sept. 21 and Sept. 26 of last year.

They say they identified $1,700 in donated money in bank accounts held by Averett and his wife.

Court documents show Averett, 46, was charged with felony communications fraud last Thursday.

The charge was filed after detectives say they checked medical records and determined Averett didn't have cancer and wasn't terminally ill.