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Man charged with faking son's illness by keeping him thin

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A father was arrested on charges of faking cystic fibrosis in his son by keeping the boy thin and fabricating medical bills - a story that authorities say fooled even his estranged wife.

Michael Bradway, 38, who has a history of forgery and larceny, was arrested Wednesday. The boy, now 9, was put in state care last year and immediately began to gain weight and thrive, according to court papers. He now lives with his mother.

Cystic fibrosis, which can be fatal, causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system. It affects about 30,000 people in the United States.

Authorities said Bradway began fabricating medical bills in 2001 when the boy was 5. He also put the child on a severe diet to make him thin. To duck doctors, he told school officials that the boy could not be immunized for religious reasons.

The boy frequently missed school, and authorities said Bradway convinced school officials that his son needed to take medication every two hours.

Bradway told his in-laws that the boy would probably need a lung transplant and that a hospital in Canada specialized in such cases, according to the arrest affidavit. They eventually contributed more than $38,000 for their grandson's medical care.

The affidavit said Bradway also convinced a volunteer group of his son's illness. The group, Landmark Volunteers, asked him to join the board and offered a donation, according to the affidavit.

The boy's mother, Ericka Hollander, who was separated from her husband at the time, began to question the diagnosis more than a year ago and asked for medical records, authorities said.

Her lawyer called the situation "despicable."

"This child is growing up for four or five years thinking he had a fatal disease and he was getting worse," said her attorney, J. Michael Sconyers. "She was beyond devastated. For years she was thinking he was a father acting in the best interests of the child."

Bradway, of Cornwall, was arrested at a hospital on child abuse and larceny charges. Prosecutor John Massameno declined to say why Bradway was hospitalized. His father told authorities that Bradway has bipolar disorder, the arrest affidavit said.

He was being held on $500,000 bond and was to be arraigned Thursday. If convicted, he could face up to 35 years in prison.

It was not immediately clear if Bradway had an attorney yet.

Bradway was convicted in 1994 of larceny and forgery for operating as an unregistered broker in Massachusetts and embezzling $167,000, authorities said. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

The arrest affidavit alleges lies including claims that he attended Yale and Harvard universities and lost a business partner in the Sept. 11 attacks, authorities said.

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I found his public defenders statement from the CNN article a bit disurbing also

His public defender, James Longwell, called the case a "parting shot in a divorce action" and said other facts will come out that will "put a different light on this."

"I think he had a good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis," he said.

How on earth could he do all that and have a "good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis"?


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I found his public defenders statement from the CNN article a bit disurbing also
His public defender, James Longwell, called the case a "parting shot in a divorce action" and said other facts will come out that will "put a different light on this."

"I think he had a good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis," he said.

How on earth could he do all that and have a "good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis"?

Exactly. His track record tells otherwise...

Bradway was convicted in 1994 of larceny and forgery for operating as an unregistered broker in Massachusetts and embezzling $167,000, authorities said. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

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a chopf##k indeed


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I found his public defenders statement from the CNN article a bit disurbing also

His public defender, James Longwell, called the case a "parting shot in a divorce action" and said other facts will come out that will "put a different light on this."

"I think he had a good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis," he said.

How on earth could he do all that and have a "good-faith basis to believe there may have been cystic fibrosis"?

Exactly. His track record tells otherwise...

Bradway was convicted in 1994 of larceny and forgery for operating as an unregistered broker in Massachusetts and embezzling $167,000, authorities said. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

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As someone who does public defense work all I can say is that you have a duty to diligently represent your client. One of the worst jobs that ever existed, but needed.


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wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

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:blink: You're serious? "Due process for terrorists"??? Terrorists - he says...hmmmm. And of course, the court of public opinion really stings against the skin. Due process in a court of law on the other hand...who needs a court when King George makes the rules? 'Comeback' when you've actually have got one. ;)

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wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

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:blink: You're serious? "Due process for terrorists"??? Terrorists - he says...hmmmm. And of course, the court of public opinion really stings against the skin. Due process in a court of law on the other hand...who needs a court when King George makes the rules? 'Comeback' when you've actually have got one. ;)

you take umbrage at 'terrorist' yet you openly call this guy a slime when he hasn't been found guilty of anything yet.

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wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

surveysays3.jpg

:blink: You're serious? "Due process for terrorists"??? Terrorists - he says...hmmmm. And of course, the court of public opinion really stings against the skin. Due process in a court of law on the other hand...who needs a court when King George makes the rules? 'Comeback' when you've actually have got one. ;)

you take umbrage at 'terrorist' yet you openly call this guy a slime when he hasn't been found guilty of anything yet.

Presuming someone whose being detained a terrorist and calling someone a slimeball, I think most would agree, are two very different things.

Perhaps I'm mistaken but I've never heard of anyone dying from me having a negative opinion of their character. But maybe you can enlighten me? ;)

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wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

surveysays3.jpg

:blink: You're serious? "Due process for terrorists"??? Terrorists - he says...hmmmm. And of course, the court of public opinion really stings against the skin. Due process in a court of law on the other hand...who needs a court when King George makes the rules? 'Comeback' when you've actually have got one. ;)

you take umbrage at 'terrorist' yet you openly call this guy a slime when he hasn't been found guilty of anything yet.

Presuming someone whose being detained a terrorist and calling someone a slimeball, I think most would agree, are two very different things.

Perhaps I'm mistaken but I've never heard of anyone dying from me having a negative opinion of their character. But maybe you can enlighten me? ;)

heaven forbid they might be terrorist slimeballs :P


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wow steve, for all your whining about due process for terrorists, your so quick in your judgement here. does this man not deserve his due process also? :whistle:

surveysays3.jpg

:blink: You're serious? "Due process for terrorists"??? Terrorists - he says...hmmmm. And of course, the court of public opinion really stings against the skin. Due process in a court of law on the other hand...who needs a court when King George makes the rules? 'Comeback' when you've actually have got one. ;)

you take umbrage at 'terrorist' yet you openly call this guy a slime when he hasn't been found guilty of anything yet.

Presuming someone whose being detained a terrorist and calling someone a slimeball, I think most would agree, are two very different things.

Perhaps I'm mistaken but I've never heard of anyone dying from me having a negative opinion of their character. But maybe you can enlighten me? ;)

heaven forbid they might be terrorist slimeballs :P

All terrorists are slimeballs, but not all slimeballs are terrorists. :P

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