SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Deputies say they arrested two women on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud in San Bernardino, California, after they solicited donations for a baby’s funeral.

KABC-TV reports that deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 26-year-old woman suspected of panhandling near a busy intersection on Sunday. About an hour after that arrest, a 41-year-old woman was arrested for panhandling at the same location.

Deputies say that investigators found evidence that the two women were working together, and the women had made posters to ask for donations. The sign had a photo of a baby, and it asked for donations to cover the child’s funeral expenses.

Deputies say the baby on the poster was not the women’s, and they did not need money for a funeral.

Information from: KABC-TV,

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