Virginia Man Admits Faking Cancer Scheme

May 4, 2016

A Virginia man has admitted to a phony cancer scheme involving The Greenbrier resort.

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Fifty-seven-year-old Carmelo Carrozza pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday in federal court in Beckley.

The Charlottesville, Virginia, resident worked as the West Virginia resort's director of fine dining.

Prosecutors say he falsely told senior management in June 2013 that he had cancer. He left the resort and continued to collect his salary, but instead of getting cancer treatments, Carrozza got another job two months later in Charlottesville.

Carrozza admitted he didn't have cancer and he fraudulently received more than $48,000 from The Greenbrier. Prosecutors say he's agreed to pay restitution to the resort.

Carrozza faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 17.